1851-1857, Supreme Court Justice, Benjamin Robbins Curtis


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

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Benjamin Robbins Curtis was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1849.  He worked on reforming the state judicial procedure and presented the Practice Act of 1851, which was considered a model of judicial reform. President Millard Fillmore nominated Curtis to the Supreme Court that same year.  He was the first Supreme Court Justice to have a formal law degree.   He was one of only two dissenters in the Supreme Court’s infamous decision regarding Dred Scott v. Sandford.  He resigned from the Court in 1857 and returned to his law practice in Boston. Over the next fifteen years, Curtis argued cases before the Supreme Court on a number of occasions.

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 Benjamin Robbins Curtis 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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