1790-1799, Supreme Court Justice, James Iredell


This James Iredell mug is part of our collection of US Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of James Iredell and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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In 1774, James Iredell wrote To the Inhabitants of Great Britain in which he expressed reasons for opposing the concept of parliamentary supremacy over America.  His political treatises predate the themes of the Declaration of Independence.  Iredell like other founding fathers condemned slavery but owned fourteen.  He felt the interests of humanity would be advanced through abolition but he believed the ratification of the Constitution would provide a pathway for abolition in the long term. He served as Attorney General and as Superior Court Judge for North Carolina.  George Washington nominated Iredell to the U.S. Supreme Court where he served as an associate justice until he died in 1799.

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 Associate Justice James Iredell History Mug is part of our U.S. Supreme Court series which includes 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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