1930-1945, Supreme Court Justice, Owen Roberts


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

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In 1930, Hoover nominated Owen Roberts to the Supreme Court. During the Roosevelt Administration, Roberts switched his position on the constitutionality of Roosevelt’s New Deal in the case of West Coast Hotel v. Parrish, which resulted in the phrase “A switch in time that saved nine.” This referred to Roosevelt now lacking the incentive to pack the Supreme Court with nine new justices.  Roberts oversaw an investigation into the attack on Pearl Harbor and headed a commission that traced art objects seized by the Germans in World War II.  Roberts dissented from the Court’s decision upholding the internment of Japanese-Americans along the West Coast in the 1944 case of Korematsu v. 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 Owen Roberts 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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