Louis Brandeis types a letter to Charles Tyler about the amount of money that
TLS: "Louis D Brandeis", 1p, 8x8½. Boston, Mass., 1902 September
22. On letterhead of Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter to Charles H. Tyler,
Esq., Ames Building, Boston. In full: "I figure the amount payable
to Mr. B.W. Wells on October 1st under the agreement of January 1st, 1902,
to be $67,455.08, made up as follows:- ½ of balance of principal remaining due:
$65,480.66/Interest on $130961.32 from July 1/02 to Oct.1/02:
1,964.42/[Total] $67,445.08". Pencil notes (unknown hand) at lower
left corner: "This amount/is correct./F.M. Edwards/B.C. Pa[illegible]."
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. Signature slightly "haloed", type smudged
at some words (all legible). Slightly soiled. "2113" (unknown hand) at upper
margin, 2 file holes at upper margin. Overall, fine condition.
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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS
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