LOUIS BRANDEIS. TLS: "Louis D. Brandeis", 1p, 8x10¼.
Boston, Mass., 1902 January 1. On letterhead of Brandeis, Dunbar &
Nutter to Mr. Charles H. Tyler, Ames Building, Boston, Mass. In full:
"I expect to hear early this morning whether Mr. Wells will accept the
modification of our agreement which you proposed yesterday. I am endeavoring
to get him to do so. I expect to go into a hearing on Friday and to be
engaged for the fortnight following in matters which will not let me give
any time to this. Charles Warren tells me that he may be called West before the
end of the week for a long absence. If we are to carry out our agreement, the
whole matter must be concluded this week -- apparently before Friday. I,
therefore, suggest that you arrange to set apart today and tomorrow so far as
necessary for that purpose, and to have Mr. Wells and Mr. Bryant in readiness
also. Please send me by bearer your draft of the agreement so that I can
present it at once to Mr. Wells if he concludes to assent to your proposed
modification." One handwritten correction (unknown hand). 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 Jew on the Court,
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 (after 23 years on the Court) at the age of 83. Lightly creased with folds,
vertical fold at the "D" of signature. Type lightly smudged at some words (all
legible). Slightly soiled. Ink and pencil notes (unknown hand) and 2 file holes
at upper margin. Fine condition.
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