1965-1969, Supreme Court Justice, Abe Fortas


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

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Abe Fortas taught law at Yale for a year and then held positions on the newly created Securities and Exchange Commission.  In 1941, he was appointed director of the division of power in the Dept. of the Interior and was later named Under Secretary.  In 1965, President Johnson nominated Fortas as an associate justice to the Supreme Court.  While on the bench, Fortas attended White House staff meetings, advised President Johnson on judicial nominations, and discussed private Supreme Court deliberations with him.  White served as a Supreme Court Justice for just three years before resigning in 1965 and returning to private practice.

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 Abe Fortas 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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