1873-1882, Supreme Court Justice, Ward Hunt


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

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Ward Hunt served in the N.Y. Assembly, as Mayor of Utica, and became the Chief Judge of the N.Y. Court of Appeals.  In 1872, President Grant nominated Hunt to the Supreme Court where he would serve for ten years.  Susan B. Anthony, of Rochester, demanded the right to vote in the 1872 election, resulting in the United States v. Anthony.  Hunt, a federal circuit court justice who oversaw this trial, ruled that the 14th Amendment said nothing about women having the right to vote, making his decision before holding the trial.  He held that “The regulation of the suffrage is thereby conceded to the states as a state’s right” and directed the court clerk to enter a verdict of guilty against Susan B. Anthony.

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 Ward Hunt 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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