1862-1890, Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Freeman Miller


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

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Samuel Freeman Miller was a doctor and a lawyer.  In 1849, he left Kentucky freeing his slaves, and moved to Iowa. In 1862, President Lincoln nominated Miller as an associate justice to the Supreme Court where he served for twenty-eight years.  Miller was the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice from west of the Mississippi.  In his rulings, he upheld Lincoln’s wartime suspension of habeas corpus and trials by military commission.  In his narrow reading of the Fourteenth Amendment, Miller wrote the opinion on the 1873 Slaughterhouse Cases, which limited the effectiveness of that amendment.  He held that the federal government had broad authority to protect black voters from the Ku Klux Klan.

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 Freeman Miller 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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