U.S. Supreme Court
Commissioners v. Sellew, 99 U.S. 624 (1878)
Commissioners v. Sellew
99 U.S. 624
A county in Kansas is a body politic whose powers are exercised by a board of county commissioners, and when it is sued, process must be served upon the clerk of the board. Where, therefore, a mandamus was awarded against it,
l. That the writ was properly directed to it in its corporate name.
2. That service of a copy of the writ upon the clerk is service upon the corporation, and the members of the board who fail to perform the required act are subject to be punished for contempt.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.