1845-1872, Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Nelson


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

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Samuel Nelson was a constitutionally conservative Democrat but who was a moderate in case-specific interpretations of the law.  He was a respected chief justice of the New York Supreme Court who placed a strong emphasis on precedent.  President John Tyler nominated Nelson to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1845, where he served until 1872.  He concurred with the Dred Scott decision.  President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Nelson to settle U.S. claims against Great Britain in 1871, for Britain’s assistance to the Confederacy during the Civil War.  This resulted in an award of $15,000,000 in compensation to the United States.

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 Samuel Nelson 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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