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LOUIS BRANDEIS. TLS: "Louis D. Brandeis", 1p, 8x10¼. Boston, Mass., 1902 January 1. On letterhead of Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter to Mr. Charles H. Tyler, Ames Building, Boston, Mass. In full: "I expect to hear early this morning whether Mr. Wells will accept the modification of our agreement which you proposed yesterday. I am endeavoring to get him to do so. I expect to go into a hearing on Friday and to be engaged for the fortnight following in matters which will not let me give any time to this. Charles Warren tells me that he may be called West before the end of the week for a long absence. If we are to carry out our agreement, the whole matter must be concluded this week -- apparently before Friday. I, therefore, suggest that you arrange to set apart today and tomorrow so far as necessary for that purpose, and to have Mr. Wells and Mr. Bryant in readiness also. Please send me by bearer your draft of the agreement so that I can present it at once to Mr. Wells if he concludes to assent to your proposed modification." One handwritten correction (unknown hand). Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) established a law practice in Boston in 1879. He became known as the "people's lawyer" due to his pro bono advocacy of public interests, including municipal railway monopolization, life insurance practices, public land conservation and maximum day labor jobs for women and children. Brandeis, who supported Woodrow Wilson for President in 1912, was nominated by President Wilson to the U.S. Supreme Court on January 28, 1916. After over four months, the longest in the history of a Supreme Court nominee, the Senate confirmed his appointment on June 1 and Brandeis was sworn in on June 5, 1916. It is said that one of the factors leading to the support of Brandeis' confirmation by powerful Republican Senator Henry Cabot Lodge was the probability that the popular lawyer would run against Lodge for his Senate seat in the November 7, 1916 election. This was the first Massachusetts U.S. Senate election held under the 17th Amendment whereby the people, not the state legislature, elected U.S. Senators. Brandeis, the first Jew on the Court, worked behind the scenes to influence President Wilson to support the Zionist cause and later brought Zionist matters to the attention of FDR. A progressive who was known for his anti-monopolist and anti-big business views, he retired in 1939 (after 23 years on the Court) at the age of 83. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "D" of signature. Type lightly smudged at some words (all legible). Slightly soiled. Ink and pencil notes (unknown hand) and 2 file holes at upper margin. Fine condition.

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Born: November 13, 1856 in Louisville, Kentucky
Died: October 5, 1941 in Washington, District of Columbia

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