LOUIS BRANDEIS. TLS: "Louis D Brandeis", 1p, 8x10½.
Boston, Mass., 1902 April 22. On letterhead of Brandeis, Dunbar &
Nutter to Charles H. Tyler, Esq., Ames Building, Boston. In full: "I
enclose herewith one copy of the agreement with the Bryant trustees which
you sent me this morning, signed by Mr. Wells. Will you kindly have it signed
also by the trustees, and returned to me, and I will then send you the other
copy, which Mr. Wells has also signed? I send you also the subscription
agreement signed by Mr. Wells in respect to his 700 shares. I have reported
to Mr. Wells your assurance that you would now get a letter of John Bryant
approving the agreement of January 1st, 1902, and that you had also assured me
that the trustees would proceed with the liquidations of the assets without
delay." Enclosures not present. 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. Signature lightly smudged.
Type lightly smudged at some words (all legible). Lightly creased with folds,
not at signature. "2113" in pencil (unknown hand) at upper portion, 2 file holes
at upper margin. Fine condition.
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