1881-1887, Supreme Court Justice, William Burnham Woods


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

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William Burnham Woods was an attorney who left the Ohio State House in 1862 to join the Union Army, due to his opposition to slavery.   He fought at Shiloh and Vicksburg, and after the Battle of Bentonville was breveted as a major general.  He served under William T. Sherman during the Atlanta Campaign and Sherman’s March to the Sea.  In 1880, Woods was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  After the war, he settled in Alabama where he practiced law and raised cotton.  Woods is not considered to have been a major contributor to the Court, where he served for six years until he died in 1887.

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 Burnham Woods 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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