1881-1889, Supreme Court Justice, Thomas Stanley Matthews


This U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Stanley Matthews history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of Thomas Stanley Matthews and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Thomas Stanley Matthews was a U.S. Attorney who resigned to accept a commission in the 23rd Ohio Infantry regiment.  Two future presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley also served in the same regiment.  In 1863, Matthews resigned from the Army and was elected judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati.  In 1881, he was nominated by James Garfield to the U.S. Supreme Court.  During the Reconstruction era, Matthews represented the railroad industry, and one of his clients was Jay Gould.  He was confirmed by a single vote in the Senate, the closest of a successful nominee.  He is regarded as one of the most progressive justices on the Court at the time.

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 Thomas Stanley Matthews 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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