01- US Attorney General Edmund Randolph


This Edmund Randolph mug is part of a biographical series profiling individuals who served as the U.S. Attorney General.  An image of Edmund Randolph and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Edmund Jennings Randolph was a delegate from Virginia to the Constitutional Convention.  He introduced the Virginia Plan, as an outline for a new government, and argued against the importation of slaves. Edmund Randolph was one of only three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution, on the grounds that it lacked sufficient checks and balances.  However, he did vote for ratification in 1788.  He was the first U.S. Attorney General serving from 1789-1794, and the second Secretary of State in 1794, but resigned in 1795, as the result of a scandal involving the French.  In 1807, he successfully defended Aaron Burr for treason.

The position of attorney general was created as part of the president’s cabinet beginning with the administration of George Washington. Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisers, in the form of the attorney general, secretary of the treasury, secretary of state, and secretary of war.  Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers.  Members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  The attorney general is the head of the Department of Justice and its top law enforcement officer.

This Edmund Randolph history mug is part of our U.S. Attorney General series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Attorney General.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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