1845-1851, Supreme Court Justice, Levi Woodbury


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

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Levi Woodbury is one of the few individuals to serve in all three branches of government.  He was a U.S. Senator, 9th Governor of New Hampshire, 9th Secretary of the Navy, and 13th Secretary of the Treasury.  President Polk nominated Woodbury to the Supreme Court in 1845 and he was confirmed by the Senate the next year. Woodbury was the first associate justice to have attended law school.  As a strict constructionist, he defended the rights of slaveholders as it was protected in the Constitution.  He viewed slavery as a political question that should be settled by each state.  Woodbury’s writings show that he felt slavery was wrong.

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 Levi Woodbury 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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