U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Perkins, 116 U.S. 483 (1886)
United States v. Perkins
Submitted January 6, 1886
Decided January 25, 1886
116 U.S. 483
When Congress by law vests the appointment of inferior officers in the heads of departments, it may limit and restrict the power of removal as it deems best for the public interests.
A naval cadet-engineer, not found deficient at examination, not dismissed for misconduct under the provisions of Rev.Stat. § 1525 or upon and in pursuance of a sentence of a court-martial, but honorably discharged by the Secretary of the Navy against his will remains in the service notwithstanding the discharge, and is entitled to recover in the Court of Claims the pay attached to the position.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.