1789-1791, U.S. Senator William Maclay


This U.S. Senator William Maclay history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of William Maclay and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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William Maclay was a lawyer and served in the Continental Army.  After the ratification of the Constitution, he was elected as one of two senators from Pennsylvania. To stagger the terms of each senator, a lottery determined which senator would serve two years, rather than six years. Robert Morris won and served the six-year term, and Maclay received a two-year term.  William Maclay was one of the most radical members of the Anti-Administration fraction.  He was not successful in his bid to be re-elected by the state legislature of Pennsylvania.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population.  U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years.  Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures.  This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote.  The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.

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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