ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FELIX FRANKFURTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/11/1915 - HFSID 42906
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Frankfurter handwrote and signed this letter on stationery from the Law School of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Miss Charlotte Rudyard in 1915. In it, he writes how he liked a review of Anatole France and that he was "delighted with the Merciers", and he tries to explain a senior moment that he had. He adds a postscript: "I should think the suffragists must be happy to know now what a big issue they have in charge."
Autograph letter signed: "F. F.", 1 page, 5¼x8, on letterhead from the Law School of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dated: "Monday". In full: "The road to lucidity is paved with good intentions! I measure to be dully intelligible to wit. 1- That I rather liked Miss Sergeants' review of Anatole France and I said so to you - for no reason in particular. 2 - That I had been waiting in vain for Phyllis & I telephone - mistakenly thinking you had tipped me off to good thing (even now, why 'complaint'?) And 3 - In the mean time I was delighted with the Merciers - very. So you see - it's as plain as all that. Thank you for your note even more than for your two envelopes." Post script: "I should think the suffragists must be happy to know now what a big issue they have in charge." Lightly toned and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope on stationery from the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Postmarked Cambridge, Massachusetts, Oct. 11, 1915. Addressed by Felix Frankfurter to: "Miss/Charlotte Rudyard/421 Lven 21th/New York City". With one 2¢ red-and-white stamp affixed. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Torn open at top. Paper loss on verso (no show-through). Otherwise, fine condition. 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. Two items.
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