1862-1881, Supreme Court Justice, Noah Haynes Swayne


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

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Noah Haynes Swayne was admitted to the bar in Virginia but because of his opposition to slavery, he moved to the free state of Ohio.  President Andrew Jackson appointed Swayne as U.S. Attorney for Ohio, after which he was elected to the state legislature.  In 1862, President Lincoln nominated him to the Supreme Court where he served for eighteen years.  His most famous opinion in Springer v. United States (1881) was to uphold the Federal income tax that had been imposed under the Revenue Act of 1864.  Swayne was quite infirm in his last years on the Court and was pressured by President Hayes to resign.  He agreed, if his friend, Stanley Matthews, would be nominated to take his place.

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 Noah Haynes Swayne 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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