1795-1795, 2nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Rutledge


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

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John Rutledge was a slaveholder who served as one of the original associate justices of the Supreme Court (1790 -1791).  When John Jay resigned as chief justice in 1795, George Washington named Rutledge the second chief justice while the Senate was in recess. Rutledge gave a controversial speech denouncing the Jay Treaty with Great Britain and lost congressional support.  When the Senate reconvened in December 1795, his appointment was not confirmed.  This resulted in the shortest tenure of any chief justice.  In Talbot v. Janson, his Court held a person did not waive claims to U.S. citizenship by becoming a citizen of another country.

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 Rutledge 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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