John Thornton and others, Appellants, v. George Smiley and John Bradshaw, Appellees.


If one of two administrators, loans the money of the estate, he does it upon his own responsibility, and an action to recover it back, should be brought in his own name alone.

Smiley and Bradshaw, executed their note to Hezekiah West, as administrator of the estate of Weaver, deceased, for a sum of money, to recover which this action was brought in the name of said West and John Thornton and Mary his wife, late Mary Weaver, who were joined with West, in the administration on the estate of Weaver. The money was loaned by West alone, to Smiley and Bradshaw, and the note executed to him alone as administrator. An objection was made by defendants to the improper joinder of parties, which the court sustained, and gave judgment for the defendants. To reverse which, the plaintiffs appealed.

Opinion of the Court. The court knows of no power in the administrator, by virtue of the trust conferred on him by law, to loan the money belonging to the estate ; if he does it, he acts upon his own responsibility, and renders himself liable to the estate. The note was made to West alone, and for that reason, the suit should have been commenced in his name, and a joinder of his co-administrators was improper, as no right of action, to recover the amount of the note, existed in them. Without determining any other question, for this ground alone, the court affirms the judgment, (a) (1)

Judgment affirmed.