1945-1958, Supreme Court Justice, Harold Hitz Burton


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

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Harold Hitz Burton served as a Captain in the Army in the First World War. He was elected mayor of Cleveland and then in 1941 elected to the U.S. Senate.  That same year, he became a member of the NAACP.  In 1945, President Truman nominated Burton as an associate justice to the Supreme Court.  In the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education, Burton helped shape the Court’s unanimous decision.  He showed a deference to government restrictions on free speech voting to uphold government action 27 out of 28 times.  In the case of Lorain Journal Co. v. United States, he wrote the opinion of the unanimous decision that a monopoly could not use its power to retain its monopoly position.

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 Harold Hitz Burton 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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