1842-1860, Supreme Court Justice, Peter Vivian Daniel


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

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Peter Vivian Daniel was a lawyer and slave owner who did not operate a plantation but leased out some of his slaves.  In 1808, he was involved in a dispute with John Seddon resulting in a dual in which Seddon was killed.  In 1818, Daniel was elected as Lt. Governor of Virginia.  In 1836, Andrew Jackson appointed Daniel to the Eastern District Court of Virginia. President Martin Van Buren nominated him as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1841.  Daniel was a frequent dissenter in the Tandy Court. His political views were reactionary, and he was the strongest supporter of slavery on the Court.  Daniel was a champion of states’ rights and limiting the power of the federal government.

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 Peter Vivian Daniel 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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