The original meaning of ‘Emoluments’ in the Constitution

In The Original Meaning of ‘Emoluments’ in the Constitution, 52 Georgia Law Review ___ (2017), Robert Natelson explores the original meaning of the word “emolument.” The article identifies “four common definitions in founding-era political discourse. It places the constitutional use within its context as part of a larger reform movement in Britain and America and as driven by other historical events. The Article examines how the word was employed in contemporaneous reform measures, in official congressional and state documents, in the constitutional debates, and in the constitutional text. … The author concludes that the three appearances of “emoluments” in the Constitution had a common meaning, which was ‘compensation with financial value, received by reason of public employment.'” Interesting. — Joe

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