Butler, Smedley – Medal of Honor


The Smedley Butler mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals and includes an image of Smedley Butler and a short biography.

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Smedley Butler was a Marine Corps officer who fought in the Spanish-American War, WWI, and various battles in Central America and Asia.  He received dozens of medals including two Medal of Honors.  In 1924, he became the Philadelphia Director of Public Safety, he replaced a corrupt police officer and organized raids on 900 speakeasies.  In 1932, he lost a bid for Senate and publicly supported the WWI veterans in Hooverville.  Smedley Butler lectured to pacifist groups and was a spokesman for the American League Against War and Fascism.  In 1934, he claimed the existence of a political conspiracy of business leaders to overthrow President Roosevelt known as the Business Plot.

War is a Racket

Smedley Butler wrote the 1935 book War is a Racket.  Butler gives examples from his experiences in WWI, in which industrialists, subsidized by public funding, generated enormous profits from mass human suffering.  To address the problem he suggests three solutions.  Make war unprofitable: Require going to war be determined by those who would actually fight in it: Limit the military to self-defense, restrict the army to the territorial limits of our country, and never make war an act of aggression.

This Smedley Butler History Mug is part of the Medal of Honor series.

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.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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