1870-1880, Supreme Court Justice, William Strong


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

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In 1846, William Strong was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania as an abolitionist Democrat.  Eleven years later he was elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  In 1870, President Grant nominated Strong as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court and he was confirmed by the Senate.  While on the Court, Strong was a member of the electoral commission which decided the disputed Presidential election of 1876, in favor of Rutherford B. Hayes.  In deciding the case of Bylew v. United States, Strong ruled for states’ rights and against the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which had allowed African Americans to testify against Whites.

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 William Strong 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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