1909-1932, Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


This U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs. An image of Oliver Wendell Holmes and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes served as a first lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil War.  A brilliant legal scholar, his official opinions are often mentioned, especially his declaration on the “clear and present danger” exception to the right of free speech.  He asserted that the First Amendment protections do not apply to an individual “falsely shouting fire in a crowded theatre and causing panic.”  He was one of the few Supreme Court justices that were scholars, and the third most quoted American jurist in the 20th century.

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 Oliver Wendell Holmes History Mug is part of our U.S. Supreme Court series which includes many of 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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