Alberto Gonzales was born in San Antonio, Texas the son of Mexican immigrants. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was in private law practice for 13 years. Governor George W. Bush appointed Alberto Gonzales as Secretary of State of Texas and as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. When Bush was elected president, Gonzales became his White House Counsel and in 2005 became the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General. His tenure was marked by controversy regarding warrantless surveillance and the legal authorization of enhanced interrogation techniques. He presided over the firings of several U.S. Attorneys who refused to prosecute political enemies. Gonzales resigned following calls for his impeachment.
The position of attorney general was created as part of the president’s cabinet beginning with the administration of George Washington. Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisers, in the form of the attorney general, secretary of the treasury, secretary of state, and secretary of war. Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers. Members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The attorney general is the head of the Department of Justice and its top law enforcement officer.
This Alberto Gonzales history mug is part of our U.S. Attorney General series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Attorney General.
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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