1811-1835, Supreme Court Justice, Gabriel Duvall


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

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Gabriel Duvall served as a private in the Revolutionary War fighting at the Battle of Brandywine.  Two of his elder brothers died in the war.  As an attorney, he worked on behalf of enslaved persons who sued for their freedom in court.  In 1794, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Jefferson appointed him as the first Comptroller of the Treasury.  James Madison nominated Duvall as an associate justice to the Supreme Court where he served for 23 years.  He was the sole dissenting justice in the case of Mima Queen and Child vs. Hepburn, saying “It will be universally admitted that the right to freedom is more important than the right of property.”  However, at the time of his death, Duvall owned 39 slaves.

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 Gabriel Duvall 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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