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LOUIS BRANDEIS. TLS: "Louis D. Brandeis", 1p, 8¼x10½. Boston, Mass., 1902 December 19. On letterhead of Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter to Charles H. Tyler, Esq., Ames Building, Boston. In full: "I have talked again with Mr. Wells, and he reluctantly assents to your proposition to give further time to the extent of $25000 payable one-third in 6 months, one-third in 9 months, and one-third in 12 months, with interest at six percent, you making payment now by the real estate on the basis of my letter of December 13th, the Eagle and Murray stocks at $3500., and all the rest, something over $50,000, in cash; you also furnishing us either with a certificate of title at the time of transfer of, say George Sawyer, or other satisfactory conveyancer, or paying the expense of our having the titles examined." 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 and type smudged (type legible, signature barely legible). Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "r" of Brandeis. Ink and pencil note (unknown hand) and 2 file holes at upper margin. Slightly soiled at lower margin. Overall, 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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