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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FELIX FRANKFURTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1958 - HFSID 265067

Felix Frankfurter sends an autograph letter about a book. Autograph Letter signed: "F F", as Supreme Court Justice, 1p, 5¼x8. On Supreme Court letterhead. Washington, D.C., August 24 (no year, but pencil note in unknown hand at top dates it 1958).

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FELIX FRANKFURTER
Felix Frankfurter sends an autograph letter about a book.
Autograph Letter signed: "F F", as Supreme Court Justice, 1p, 5¼x8. On Supreme Court letterhead. Washington, D.C., August 24 (no year, but pencil note in unknown hand at top dates it 1958). To "Dear George". In full: "The delightful piece, bearing on the Hampshire[illegible] and the future author of the Decline and Fall, is in E. M. Forster's Abinger Harvest 'Captain' Edward Gibbon', (Meridian Books). P. 207. Do get hold of it. Few things give me, or can give, such pleasure as the kind of  truth-seeking, [illegible] talk that you afforded me. I still hope for a 'happy delivery.' Yours very cordially."  After the date, the pencil note states: "re writing Vol 2 of Sup. Ct History". 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. Fine condition.

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