ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LEWIS F. POWELL JR. - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 287097
LEWIS F. POWELL, JR. Signed First Day Cover of an Independence Hall stamp, to which additional stamps and postmarks have been added First Day Cover signed: "Lewis F. Powell, Jr", 6½x3¾.
Sale Price $162.00
LEWIS F. POWELL, JR.
Signed First Day Cover of an Independence Hall stamp, to which additional stamps and postmarks have been added
First Day Cover signed: "Lewis F. Powell, Jr", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring Independence Hall, originally postmarked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1956, 10-cent stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. The envelope bears a second postmark, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, July 22, 1999, with an ink stamp reminder that on that date the ashes of John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn, and sister Lauren Bessette were scattered at sea. A 33-cent US flag stamp, and a 10-lira Vatican stamp, are also affixed. Democrat Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (1907-1998) was appointed Associate Justice by President Nixon. Commissioned on December 9, 1971, he was sworn in on January 7, 1972 and served for 15 years, five months and 19 days before retiring on June 26, 1987. Serving under both Chief Justices Warren Burger and William H. Rehnquist (from 1986), Powell, who had been a moderate before joining the Court, often found himself as the swing vote in a number of important cases. His votes decided the Court's first confrontations with abortion and affirmative action issues. Before joining the Court, the highlight of Powell's legal career was becoming President of the American Bar Association in 1964. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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