1943-1949, Supreme Court Justice, Wiley Blount Rutledge


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

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Wiley Blount Rutledge Jr. was the ninth and final Supreme Court justice who was nominated by President Franklin Roosevelt and confirmed by the Senate.  Rutledge is known for his impassioned defense of civil liberties.  In the case of Thomas v. Collins, writing for a 5-4 majority, he ruled unconstitutional a Texas statute that required union organizers to register and obtain a license before they could solicit individuals to join labor unions.  In the case of Everson v. Board of Education, Rutledge rendered a strong dissent in defense of the separation of church and state.  Of all the criminal cases heard by the Supreme Court during his tenure, Rutledge voted in favor of the defendant 80% of the time.

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 Wiley Blount Rutledge Jr. 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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