ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JOSEPH MCKENNA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/08/1906 - HFSID 26387
Sale Price $252.00
Apologizing for the length of time it took him to answer a letter
Autograph Letter Signed: "Joseph McKenna", 2 pages, 5x6½ (front and verso). Washington, 1906 June 8. To Mr. J. Elmer Christie. In full: "In engrossment of official work I overlooked or rather have neglected my personal correspondence hence the delay in answering your letter. Apologizing & hoping I am not too late for your purpose." Joseph McKenna (1843-1926) served in all three branches of the US government: the legislative, as US Representative from California (1885-1893), the executive, as Attorney General under President McKinley (1897-1898) and the judicial. Having served previously as a circuit court judge, McKenna became an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court (1898-1925). A centrist on the Court who wrote few dissents, McKenna did write some important decisions, most notably in the case of United States v. U.S. Steel Corporation (1920), in which the "rule of reason" principle, declaring that only those combinations that are in unreasonable restraint of trade are illegal. Overall, fine condition.
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