1836-1864, 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roger Taney


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

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Roger Taney was the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  He was married to Anne Key, the sister of Francis Scott Key.  As a Jacksonian Democrat, he favored the “state’s” power over that of the federal government.  He served as Secretary of War and Attorney General before his appointment to the Supreme Court.  He is most remembered for writing the 7-2 majority opinion in the 1854 case of Dred Scott v. Sanford.  The Court also ruled that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was unconstitutional, thus permitting slavery in all the country’s territories.  When Taney died, it was the same day that his home state of Maryland abolished slavery.

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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 Roger Taney 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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