1903-1922, Supreme Court Justice, William Rufus Day


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

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In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated William Rufus Day to the Supreme Court of the United States.  Day distrusted large corporations and voted with antitrust majorities during his time on the court.  In 1911-1912, he sided with the government in Standard Oil, American Tobacco, and Union Pacific cases.  In Buchanan v. Warley (1917), he held that municipal ordinances segregating neighborhoods were unconstitutional.  With his opinion in Weeks v. United States, the court ruled that warrantless documents seized from a private home violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and evidence obtained in this matter is excluded from use in Federal Prosecutions.

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 Rufus Day 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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