1790-1810, Supreme Court Justice, William Cushing


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

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In 1789, William Cushing was nominated by George Washington as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Cushing was one of the original five associate justices.  The bench at that time totaled six with the Chief Justice.  His 20-year tenure was the longest of the Court’s inaugural members.  In 1796, Washington nominated him to become the Chief Justice and he was confirmed by the Senate but declined the appointment.  Cushing was the last judge in the United States to wear a full wig.  Among his most important decisions were Ware v. Hylton and Chisholm v. Georgia, which held that treaties made under the Constitution supersede state law.

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 William Cushing 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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