1972-1987, Supreme Court Justice, Lewis Franklin Powell Jr.


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

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During WW II, Lewis Franklin Powell Jr. served in Europe and North Africa in the  Army Air Force.  He was on the school board when the Commonwealth of Virginia was in a campaign of defiance against the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).  He later served as a member of  L.B. Johnson’s Crime Commission.  In 1971, President Nixon nominated Powell to the U.S. Supreme Court.  He wrote the majority opinion in First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, which overturned a Massachusetts law restricting corporate contributions.  This ruling influenced the future decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that allowed unlimited election spending by corporations and labor unions.

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 Lewis Franklin Powell 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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