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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/11/1910 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM H. DUNBAR - DOCUMENT 287155
LOUIS D. BRANDEIS
As executors of a trust, Brandeis and his law partner, William H.
Dunbar, sign a notarized document attesting to the sale of railroad
Document signed: "Louis D. Brandeis", "William H. Dunbar", 1
page, 9x11½. Notarized "Edward F. Allen", and witnessed "I. G.
Reynolds". Boston, Massachusetts, 1910 January 11. On letterhead of
Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter of Boston. Details filled in by an unknown hand.
As trustees for Carolyn H. Hamlen and Charlotte W. Copeland, both lawyers attest
that they have purchased on behalf of the estate two $1,000 coupon bonds of the
Norfolk & Western Railroad, bearing 4% interest and maturing July 1944. They
also attest that they have assigned management of the bonds to J. M. Murphy,
"our trusted and lawful attorney." LOUIS DEMBITZ BRANDEIS (1856-1941)
established a law practice in Boston in 1879. He became known as the "people's
lawyer" due to his pro bono advocacy of public interests, including
municipal railway monopolization, life insurance practices, public land
conservation and maximum day labor jobs for women and children. Brandeis, who
supported Woodrow Wilson for President in 1912, was nominated by President
Wilson to the U.S. Supreme Court on January 28, 1916. After over four
months, the longest in the history of a Supreme Court nominee, the Senate
confirmed his appointment on June 1 and Brandeis was sworn in on June 5, 1916.
It is said that one of the factors leading to the support of Brandeis'
confirmation by powerful Republican Senator Henry Cabot Lodge was the
probability that the popular lawyer would run against Lodge for his Senate
seat in the November 7, 1916 election. This was the first Massachusetts U.S.
Senate election held under the 17th Amendment whereby the people, not the state
legislature, elected U.S. Senators. Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court
Justice, worked behind the scenes to influence President Wilson to support
the Zionist cause and later brought Zionist matters to the attention of FDR.
A progressive who was known for his anti-monopolist and anti-big business
views, he retired in 1939. Brandeis University is, of course, named for him.
WILLIAM H. DUNBAR, a Harvard Law School graduate (1886) and Supreme Court
clerk for Associate Justice Horace Gray, was hired by Brandeis at a salary, an
unusual practice at that time. Brandeis' numerous letters to Dunbar are of
interest to legal scholars and biographers. Toned and creased. Two horizontal
mailing folds. Multiple staples holes at top ege. Top left corner torn. Pencil
note (unknown hand) at top right corner. Multiple ink stamps throughout
document. Wax seal at lower right edge. Raised Notary Public seal at bottom left
corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS WILLIAM H. DUNBAR
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