1991-Current, Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas


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

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In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.  His appointment represented a decline in the Court’s liberal wing.  Thomas is known for his silence during most oral arguments and is the Court’s foremost originalist.  He has been the most willing of all justices on the Court to overrule precedent.  In 2022, Thomas authored an opinion expanding Second Amendment rights and contributing to the Court’s overruling of Roe v. Wade.  Thomas has been the justice most willing to exercise judicial review of federal statutes but among the least likely to overturn state statutes.

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 Clarence Thomas 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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  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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