1914-1941, Supreme Court Justice, James Clark McReynolds


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

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President Woodrow Wilson nominated James Clark McReynolds to the Supreme Court, where he served for twenty-six years.  He is known for his sustained opposition to the New Deal programs of President Franklin Roosevelt.  McReynolds personal views tended toward bigotry, and for three years he refused to speak to fellow jurist Louis Brandeis, who was the first Jewish member of the Court.  In the case of Steward Machine Co. v. Davis (1937), he dissented from the decision upholding the Social Security Act. McReynolds wrote, “I can not find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States.”

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 James Clark McReynolds 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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