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Binney, Horace (1780–1875)

BINNEY, HORACE (1780–1875)

A leading Philadelphia attorney, Horace Binney edited six volumes of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decisions, covering the years 1799–1814. In 1862 Binney published two pamphlets entitled The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus under the Constitution, in which he defended President abraham lincoln's suspension of the writ. Binney argued that the President, and not Congress, had the power to suspend habeas corpus, and that each branch of the government had the right to interpret the Constitution independently. In 1865 Binney answered the many critics of his earlier work with a third pamphlet of the same title.

Paul Finkelman


Binney, Charles Chauncey 1903 The Life of Horace Binney, with Selections from His Letters. Philadelphia: Lippincott.

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