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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TOM C. CLARK - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ABE FORTAS, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE HARRY A. BLACKMUN, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG - DOCUMENT 48071

 
SUPREME COURT: HARRY A. BLACKMUN, TOM C. CLARK, ABE FORTAS and ARTHUR GOLDBERG
Four of the Supreme Court Justices sign a first day cover honoring the 100th Anniversary of the birth of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.
First Day Cover signed: "Tom C. Clark", "Arthur J. Goldberg", "Harry A. Blackmun" and "Abe Fortas", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring the 100th Anniversary of the birth of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, 4-cent Hughes stamp affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., April 11, 1962, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. HARRY BLACKMUN (1908-1999), a Republican appointed by President Richard Nixon in 1970, served until retiring in 1994. Initially allied with the conservatives on the Court, he is best remembered for his 1973 majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion. In March, 2004, Blackmun's papers collected at the Library of Congress were opened for public view. The papers and video tapes provide a candid look behind the scenes at the Court's deliberations. Special Assistant in the Justice Department (1937-1943) and Assistant Attorney General (1943-1945) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, TOM C. CLARK (1899-1977) was appointed Attorney General in 1945 and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1949 by President Harry S Truman. When his son, Ramsey, was appointed Attorney General by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967, Clark resigned as Associate Justice to avoid any possible conflict of interest. After two decades of private law practice, ABE FORTAS (1910-1982) was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. Fortas, who had successfully represented LBJ when Johnson's 84-vote victory in the 1948 Democratic Senate primary in Texas was challenged, remained a confidante of President Johnson. In 1968, LBJ nominated Fortas to succeed Earl Warren as Chief Justice, but then withdrew the nomination. In 1969, "Life" magazine revealed that Fortas had accepted and then returned a fee of $20,000 from a charitable foundation controlled by the family of an indicted stock manipulator. Public opinion forced Fortas to resign from the bench on May 14, 1969, but he denied any wrongdoing. It was the only time in U.S. history that a Supreme Court Justice resigned under public pressure. ARTHUR JOSEPH GOLDBERG (1908-1990) served as Secretary of Labor under President John F. Kennedy from 1961-1962. Appointed by JFK on October 1, 1962 to succeed retiring Justice Felix Frankfurter, Goldberg served as an Associate Justice until 1965, when he resigned to succeed the late Adlai E. Stevenson as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Goldberg was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1978. Slightly rippled. Stamped address of collector at lower margin. Fine condition.


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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TOM C. CLARK   ASSOCIATE JUSTICE HARRY A. BLACKMUN   ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG   ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ABE FORTAS  


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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TOM C. CLARK
Born: September 23, 1899 in Dallas, Texas
Died: June 13, 1977 in New York City, New York




Film Credits
2011 The Loving Story (Other), 1970 Meet the Press (in person)


ASSOCIATE JUSTICE HARRY A. BLACKMUN
Born: November 12, 1908 in Nashville, Illinois
Died: March 4, 1999 in Arlington County, Virginia




Film Credits
1997 Amistad (Performer), 1994 Stop the Violence (Other), 1990 Rescuers of the Holocaust (Other), 1988 Body Body (Other), 1987 The Childsavers (Other), 1987 In Search of the Constitution (in person), 1980 Bodies (Other)


ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG
Born: August 8, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: January 19, 1990 in Washington, District of Columbia




Film Credits
1972 Malcolm X (Other), 1962 NBC White Paper (in person), 1961 ABC Close-Up! (in person)


ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ABE FORTAS
Born: June 19, 1910 in Memphis, Tennessee
Died: April 5, 1982 in Washington, District of Columbia




Film Credits
2011 The Loving Story (Other)


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