1888-1910, 8th Chief Justice, Supreme Court, Melville Fuller


This U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Melville Fuller History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of Melville Fuller and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Melville Fuller, an attorney, started arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1871.  In 1884,   President Cleveland nominated Fuller to become the 8th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  He was a staunch conservative who supported free enterprise and opposed broad federal power.  He favored states’ rights but agreed with the concept of substantive due process which he used to strike down state laws that he deemed encroaching upon the free market.  Fuller had a reputation for collegiality.  Many justices had large egos and difficult tempers, so Fuller introduced the practice of justices’ shaking hands before private conferences.

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 Chief Justice Melville Fuller 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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