1970-1994, Supreme Court Justice, Harry Blackmun


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

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In 1959, President Eisenhower appointed Harry Blackmun to the U.S. Court of Appeals.  In 1970, President Richard Nixon nominated Blackmun to the Supreme Court.  He was expected to adhere to a conservative interpretation of the Constitution but proved to be liberal in many of his opinions.  He authored the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade and in the companion case of Doe v. Bolton, which held that laws banning abortion were unconstitutional.  Blackmun received volumes of hate mail and death threats because of his position.  In the 1997, film Amistad, Blackmun portrayed the role of Joseph Story making him the only United States Supreme Court Justice to play a judge in a motion picture.

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 Harry Blackmun 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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