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Signature from the Associate Justice on this 7½x4¾ album leaf Signature: "Horace Gray", 7½x4¾ album leaf.

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Signature from the Associate Justice on this 7½x4¾ album leaf
Signature: "Horace Gray", 7½x4¾ album leaf. Horace Gray (1828-1902) graduated from Harvard at age 17, and later became the youngest ever member of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (at age 36 in 1864). In 1873, he became Chief Justice of that state court. President Arthur appointed him in 1882 to the US Supreme Court, where he served as Associate Justice until his death. One of the few Supreme Court appointees of the era who had not been a politician, Gray prided himself on separating law from politics. Gray sided with the majority in Plessy v Ferguson (1896), upholding racial segregation, but wrote the opinion in US v Wong Kim Ark (1898) that children of non-citizens, if born in the US, were US citizens. Gray was the first to employ a law clerk, both at the state and federal level. His clerk in the Massachusetts SJC was future Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Lightly creased and soiled. Lightly shaded edges. Page number at upper right (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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