1910-1914, Supreme Court Justice, Horace Lurton


This U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Horace Lurton history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of Horace Lurton and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Horace Lurton served as a Sergeant Major in the Confederate Army from 1861 to 1865.  He was captured and paroled twice.  President Cleveland appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  In 1909, President Taft nominated Lurton as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lurton was a progressive justice who sided frequently with fellow Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.  He wrote infrequently during his brief 4 years on the Court but did author the notable position in Coyle v. Smith in which he held that the federal government could not tell a state where to locate its capital, as all states must be on “equal footing.”

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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 Horace Lurton 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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