1853-1861, Supreme Court Justice, John Archibald Campbell


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

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John Archibald Campbell was a member of the Alabama Legislature.  In 1853, President Pierce nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court.  He dissented on a corporate case saying a corporation is not a citizen.  Campbell had a states-rightist attitude based on “original sovereignty.”  In 1861, he resigned from the Court and returned to the South, the only Southern justice to do so.  From 1862-1865, he served as the Assistant Secretary of War in the Confederacy.  After the war, he was imprisoned by the Union Army for six months and then released by order of President Andrew Johnson.  As a private lawyer, Campbell argued cases before the Supreme Court and opposed reconstruction.

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 John Archibald Campbell 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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