1864-1873, 6th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Salmon Chase


This U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon Chase History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of Salmon Chase and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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On December 6, 1864, Abraham Lincoln nominated Salmon Chase as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and he was confirmed by the Senate on the same day. He filled that position when Roger Taney died in October 1864. Chase was the complete opposite of the pro-slavery Taney. One of his first acts as Chief Justice was to admit John Rock as the first African-American attorney to argue cases before the Supreme Court. Before becoming Chief Justice, Salmon Chase had been a U.S. Senator, Governor of Ohio, and the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.  Chase was an anti-slavery activist and in 1848 helped establish the Free Soil Party.

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 Chief Justice Salmon Chase History Mug is part of our U.S. Supreme Court series which includes many of 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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