Court : US Supreme Court
Decided on : Oct-25-1926
..... of the character and qualities of steam vessels and of all parts of the machinery employed in steaming, inspector general to be selected with reference to his fitness and ability to systematize and carry into effect all the provisions of law relating to the steamboat inspection service, act of june 23, 1874, c. 480, 2, 18 stat. 277, 278, inspector of gas in the district ..... to removals in such cases." postmasters are inferior officers. congress might have vested their appointment in the head of the department. [ footnote 2/1 ] the act of july 12, 1876, c. 17, 6, 19 stat. 78, 80, reenacting earlier legislation, [ footnote 2/2 ] provided that "postmasters of the first, second, and third classes shall be appointed and may be removed by the president by and ..... ending of its last session preceding the expiration of the four years. held that the plaintiff was not guilty of laches. p. 272 u. s. 107 . 2. section 6 of the act of july 12, 1876, providing that "postmasters of the first, second and third classes shall be appointed and may be removed by the president by and with the advice and consent ..... consent of the senate, was invalid, and that subsequent legislation of the same effect was equally so. for the reasons given, we must therefore hold that the provision of the law of 1876, by which the unrestricted power of removal of first class postmasters is denied to the president, is in violation of the constitution, and invalid. this leads to an affirmance .....Tag this Judgment!