1912-1922, Supreme Court Justice, Mahlon Pitney


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

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Mahlon Pitney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the New Jersey State Senate, and in 1901 he was appointed to the N.J. Supreme Court.  President William Howard Taft nominated Pitney to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1912.  His opinions were generally conservative, especially in the area of labor law.  In Hitchman Coal and Coke v. Mitchell, Pitney’s opinion limited the rights of workers to collective bargaining.  In Frank v. Mangum, he wrote for the majority which upheld the wrongful murder conviction of Leo Frank, a Jewish businessman.  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes dissented because it validated mob law.

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 Mahlon Pitney 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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