1877-1911, Supreme Court Justice, John Marshall Harlan


This U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs. An image of John Marshall Harlan and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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John Marshall Harlan came from a slaveholding family in Kentucky.  When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Union Army but supported slavery.  Later in life, he broke with his family tradition regarding slavery which he described as “the most perfect despotism that ever existed on this earth.”  He was the sole dissenter in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), the infamous case in which the Court affirmed the constitutionality of racially segregated public facilities that were “separate but equal.”  He was a staunch defender of equal rights and argued that residents of U.S. territories were entitled to the same rights as all American citizens.

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 John Marshall Harlan 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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