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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 bonds.
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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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS
Born: November 13, 1856 in Louisville, Kentucky
Died: October 5, 1941 in Washington, District of Columbia





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