LOUIS BRANDEIS. TLS: "Louis D Brandeis", 1p, 8x10½.
Boston, Mass., 1902 October 21. On letterhead of Brandeis, Dunbar &
Nutter to Birney C. Parsons, Esq., Sears Building, Boston. In full:
"Will you kindly let me have a reply to my letter of the 18th? Mr.
Wells is becoming very impatient. Yours very truly,". 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. The "B" in Brandeis and 2
words of type lightly smudged. Lightly creased with folds, mid-horizontal fold
nicks the upper portion of the "L" in Louis, vertical fold at the "ra" of
Brandeis. Stray ink marks at lower margin, slightly shaded at blank right edge.
2 file holes at upper margin. Overall, fine condition.
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