1836-1841, Supreme Court Justice, Philip Pendleton Barbour


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

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Philip Pendleton Barbour was the only person to have been both Speaker of the House and a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1814, he served six terms.  While in the House he defended Missouri’s ban on free blacks entering that state, saying free African-Americans would be a burden on the state and indicated the term citizen did not apply to Black Americans, whether free or not.  In 1835, President Andrew Jackson nominated Barbour as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Barbour was a strong believer in state’s rights and strict constructionism.  He owned over fifty enslaved persons.

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 Philip Pendleton Barbour 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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