1911-1937, Supreme Court Justice, Willis Van Devanter


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

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In 1888, Willis Van Devanter was elected to the Wyoming Territorial Legislature.  In 1910, he was nominated by President Taft to the Supreme Court, where he served for twenty-six years.  Van Devanter made his mark in opinions on public lands, water rights, jurisdiction, and corporate law, but is most remembered for his judgments defending limited government.  He voted against the National Recovery Administration, the federal regulation of labor relations, the Railway Pension Act, unemployment insurance, and the minimum wage.  Van Devanter was part of the Four Horsemen, the conservative bloc of justices, that dominated the Supreme Court during the 1930s.

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 Willis Van Devanter 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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