1957-1962, Supreme Court Justice, Charles Evans Whittaker


This Charles Evans Whitaker mug is part of our collection of US Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of Charles Evans Whitaker and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Charles Evans Whitaker practiced law for thirty years before President Eisenhower appointed him to the United States Court of Appeals.  In 1957, Eisenhower nominated Whittaker for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he proved to be a swing vote.  He agonized for months over his vote in Baker v. Carr, a reapportionment case, and had a nervous breakdown in the spring of 1962.  At the behest of Chief Justice Earl Warren, Whittaker recused himself from the case and retired from the Court.  After resigning, he was hired as chief counsel to General Motors, and frequently criticized the Civil Rights Movement and the Warren Court.

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 Charles Evans Whitaker 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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