1793-1806, Supreme Court Justice, William Paterson


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

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William Paterson was born in Ireland and came to America as a child.  During the Revolutionary War, he served as an officer with the Somerset Minutemen and was the Attorney General of New Jersey from 1776 to 1783.  He was a delegate to the            Constitutional Convention of 1787.  As a Senator in the First Federal Congress, he was the first Senator to resign from office, running for Governor and became the second governor of New Jersey.  In 1793, George Washington nominated him as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court and he was confirmed by the Senate the same day.  Paterson remained on the Court for thirteen years until he died in 1806.

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 Paterson 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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