1898-1925, Supreme Court Justice, Joseph McKenna


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

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Joseph McKenna served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives & one year as the U.S. Attorney General.  In 1897, President McKinley nominated him as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.  Conscious of his limited credentials, McKenna chose to attend Columbia Law School for a month between his nomination and confirmation.  In the case of Williams v. Mississippi, McKenna voted to uphold that state’s racist 1890 Constitution which disenfranchised African Americans through poll taxes and literacy tests, while exempting whites through a grandfather clause.  After a stroke, McKenna resigned at the suggestion of Chief Justice Taft.

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 Joseph McKenna 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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