1956-1990, Supreme Court Justice, William Joseph Brennan Jr.


This William Joseph Brennan Jr. mug is part of our collection of US Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of William Joseph Brennan Jr. and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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William Joseph Brennan Jr. was nominated by President Eisenhower to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1957.  He held strong progressive views, opposing the death penalty and supporting the expansion of civil rights.  He voted in favor of Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972), which established the right to contraception for unmarried people and helped solidify the sexual revolution; Craig v. Boren (1976) which established that laws that discriminate based on sex are subject to heightened scrutiny under the Equal Protection Clause; and New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964), which required “actual malice” in libel suits brought by public officials.

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 Joseph Brennan 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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