1789-1795, 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Jay


This U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of John Jay and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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John Jay was a statesman, patriot, diplomat, signatory of the Treaty of Paris, and governor of New York.  He was an important leader of the Federalist Party.  Jay co-authored the Federalist Papers and advocated for a stronger central government than the one dictated by the Articles of Confederation. Though a slaveholder, he helped enact a law to emancipate slaves and abolish slavery in N.Y.  Jay was the second secretary of foreign affairs from 1784 to 1789 and became acting secretary of state when the department changed its name.  He declined Washington’s offer to become the first Secretary of State and was instead appointed as the first chief justice of the United States.

US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest federal court of the United States, established in 1788 pursuant to Article Three of the U.S. Constitution.  It has the ultimate jurisdiction over all federal and state court cases involving federal laws.  The Court normally consists of the Chief Justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  Justices have lifetime tenure unless they resign, retire or are removed after impeachment.  The Supreme Court is one of the three branches of the federal government which also includes the Executive (President) and Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives).

This U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay History Mug is part of our U.S. Supreme Court series which all the U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

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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  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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