ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FELIX FRANKFURTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/14/1960 - HFSID 253481
Sale Price $935.00
FELIX FRANKFURTERHe pens this autograph letter of regret that he will not be able to accept the invitation Autograph Letter Signed: "Felix Frankfurter", 1p, 5½x7¼. Washington, D.C., 1960 June 14.To Mrs. Goldberg.In full: "My warm thanks for your generously flexible invitation. The fact is that I practically never go out, since I have an invalid wife, barring most exceptional occasions, like a small, intimate dinner for Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, an old, old friend on her 90th birthday. May I warmly echo your emphasis on 'a spirit of humility' in the sense that you have in mind. It is an aspect of wisdom not of deference." A renowned legal scholar, Frankfurter (1882-1965, born in Vienna, Austria) influenced Supreme Court decisions for more than 20 years (1939-1962). A former advisor to the NAACP and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, Frankfurter had affirmed that any form of discrimination against Blacks violated the 15th Amendment (Lane vs. Wilson, 1939). Believing that the Court should not interfere with laws established by the people's elected officials, he upheld President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. In the realm of civil liberties, Frankfurter would play a pivotal role in deciding the famous school desegregation case Brown vs. the Board of Education (1954), ensuring its historic importance by securing a unanimous decision. He dissented when the Court overturned Minersville West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette (1943) and when it ruled in favor of legislative reapportionment (Baker vs. Carr, 1962), which he felt was strictly a political problem to be solved by the legislature, not the judiciary. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the staunch advocate of judicial self-restraint stabilized the liberal Earl Warren Court and promoted "procedural fairness" in criminal cases. Frankfurter was presented the Medal of Freedom by John F. Kennedy in 1963. Lightly creased, just touching the "Felix" in signature. Fine condition.
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