1941-1942, Supreme Court Justice, James Francis Byrnes


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

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In 1941, James Francis Byrnes was nominated to the Supreme Court by Franklin Roosevelt.  Byrnes never graduated from high school but worked as a law clerk and passed the bar exam.  He believed in Roosevelt’s foreign policies regarding supporting the United Kingdom and opposing Nazi Germany, and Japan.  He denounced the isolationist, Charles Lindbergh.  Byrnes served in U.S. Congress before he acceded to the Supreme Court.  After only sixteen months of service, he resigned from the bench.  His political career continued, and he was appointed the 49th U.S. Secretary of State by President Harry S. Truman, then was elected as the 104th Governor of South Carolina.

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 Francis Byrnes 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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