LOUIS D. BRANDEIS. TNS: "Louis D Brandeis", ¼p, 8x10¼.
Boston, Massachusetts, 1902 October 17. On letterhead of the law firm of
Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter to Birney C. Parsons, Esq., Sears Building,
Boston, Mass. In full: "Will you kindly let me have a reply to my
letter of the 11th inst? Yours very truly". Louis Dembitz Brandeis
(1856-1941), who had graduated from Harvard Law School as class valedictorian in
1877, and a fellow Harvard law student, Samuel D. Warren, had founded the law
firm of Brandeis-Warren in 1879. After Warren's departure, Brandeis took on
other partners, remaining as the firm's senior partner until his departure
for Washington in 1916. In 1912, Brandeis, who had been nicknamed the
"people's lawyer", supported Woodrow Wilson's nomination for the
Presidency. In 1916, he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by Wilson,
becoming the first Jewish Associate Justice. He worked behind the scenes to
influence President Wilson to support the Zionist cause, and later brought
Zionist matters to the attention of FDR. Brandeis, who served for 23 years on
the Court until his retirement in 1939, was a progressive who was known for
his anti-monopolist and anti-big business views. Lightly creased with folds,
horizontal fold touches the upper loops of the "L" in Louis and the "B" and "d"
of Brandeis. Lightly shaded at blank right edge. 2 file holes at upper margin.
Overall, fine condition.
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