1923-1939, Supreme Court Justice, Pierce Butler


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

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Pierce Butler was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Harding in 1922.  He was a staunch conservative and one of the Four Horsemen, the conservative bloc that dominated the Court at that time, and which ruled against the constitutionality of many New Deal laws.  He authored 327 opinions during his time on the bench. He dissented in the case of Olmstead v. United States, which upheld wiretapping disagreeing since Butler took an expansive view of the 4th Amendment protections.  In the 1927, decision of Buck v. Bell, Butler was the only justice who dissented from the majority opinion which held that forced sterilization of an allegedly “feeble-minded” woman in Virginia was constitutional.

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 Pierce Butler 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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