1863-1897, Supreme Court Justice, Stephen Johnson Field


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

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When California was admitted to the Union in 1850, Stephen Johnson Field was elected to the State Legislature.  In 1857, he was elected to the California Supreme Court rising to become Chief Justice.  The U.S. Supreme Court was expanded from nine to ten in 1863, giving President Lincoln the ability to name a new justice.  Lincoln nominated Field to achieve regional and political balance, as Field was both a Westerner and a Unionist Democrat.  During his tenure, Field wrote 544 opinions and had the second-longest tenure of any justice.  He pushed one corporate law case, concerning taxation of railroad properties, stating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment grants constitutional protection to corporations.

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 Stephen Johnson Field 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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