1829-1861, Supreme Court Justice, John McLean


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

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John McLean was a lawyer who founded the newspaper The Western Star.  He was known for his opposition to slavery, and as a Whig, he was often discussed as a potential candidate for president.  In 1812, McLean was elected to the United States House of Representatives and re-elected for a second term, but resigned in 1816 to take a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court. President James Monroe appointed McLean as Commissioner of the General Land Office and in 1823 he was appointed as Postmaster General.  President Andrew Jackson nominated McLean as an associate justice to the Supreme Court in 1829, and he served there for thirty-two years.

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 John McLean 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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