John C. Calhoun hailed from South Carolina and served in the U.S. House and Senate. He was the seventh vice president under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. He also held the positions of secretary of war and secretary of state. He was said to be an elegant speaker who was a strong proponent of slavery. He is credited with escalating threats of secession in the South as abolitionist sentiment grew in the North. John C. Calhoun had the nickname “cast-iron man” for his rigid ideology. He was a strong supporter of states’ rights and believed in nullification, where states could declare null and void federal laws they viewed as unconstitutional. Calhoun argued that a state had the right to secede, thirty years before the Civil War.
This John C. Calhoun mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
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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