1939-1975, Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas


This U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice William O. Douglas History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs. An image of William O. Douglas and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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William Orville Douglas was nominated for the Supreme Court by Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 and confirmed at age 40.  He was the longest-serving justice with over thirty-six years on the bench.  Douglas has been called the most doctrinaire and committed civil libertarian to ever sit on the bench.  He voted to uphold the internment of Japanese in 1944 but grew to become a leading advocate of individual rights.  He overcame polio, was an avid hiker, and supported conservation and environmental issues brought before the court. He wrote short, pithy opinions that relied on philosophical insights and observations about current politics and literature.

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 William O. Douglas 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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