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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FELIX FRANKFURTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/14/1942 - HFSID 154718

The Associate Justice declines an invitation to write for "The Business Bulletin", saying that "judicial duties preclude" his participation in that "professional organ" and others, including the "Harvard Law Record", which Frankfurter had edited while in law school.

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FELIX FRANKFURTER
The Associate Justice declines an invitation to write for "The Business Bulletin", saying that "judicial duties preclude" his participation in that "professional organ" and others, including the "Harvard Law Record", which Frankfurter had edited while in law school.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Felix Frankfurter" as Associate Justice, 1p, 5¾x9. Washington, D.C., 1942 July 14. On letterhead of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chambers of Justice Felix Frankfurter to "My dear Dr. Slottand". In full: "You are kind to invite me to the pages of The Business Bulletin and I regret that judicial duties preclude, as they preclude acceptance of similar requests from professional organs like the Harvard Law Record. With all good wishes, Yrs sincerely". Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1939-1962. Four decades earlier, as a member of the Harvard Law School faculty (1914-1939), Frankfurter intensively sought to overturn the murder convictions of two Italian anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Frankfurter did not attempt to define the defendants' guilt or innocence; he considered the Sacco-Vanzetti trial a test case for the objectivity of legal procedure and intolerance of the establishment. His efforts were in part financially supported by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who gave Frankfurter an annual stipend for legislative research and activities dealing with social and political importance. Frankfurter's liberal reputation was derived from his many involvements: he helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920, and Frankfurter actively supported the Zionist movement and labor unions. He also served as advisor to President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference (1919) and advised Franklin D. Roosevelt during both his governorship and presidency. FDR appointed Frankfurter to the Supreme Court in 1939. While on the Court, Frankfurter emphasized the Court's function to base all opinions on constitutional law rather than personal opinion. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Staple holes at upper left blank corner. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper right corner beneath date, pencil erasures at upper left corner. Fine condition.

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