1891-1906, Supreme Court Justice, Henry Billings Brown


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

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In 1875, President Grant appointed Henry Billings Brown to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan.  In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison nominated Brown as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Brown wrote for the majority in Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld the legality of racial segregation in public transportation.  This legitimized state segregation laws and rendered mute legislative achievements made in the Reconstruction Era.  The “separate but equal” doctrine was therefore the new law of the land.  In Lochner v. New York Brown voted to strike down a limitation in the maximum working hours but upheld a Utah law restricting miners to an eight-hour day.

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 Henry Billings Brown 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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