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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM H. MOODY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 46988

WILLIAM HENRY MOODY. TLS: "W.H. Moody", 2¾p, 5x8 front and verso. No place, no date. To the Governor of New York, Albany, New York. In full: "I take the liberty of addressing you informally to convey to you my knowledge of John B. Olmsted, of Buffalo.

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WILLIAM HENRY MOODY. TLS: "W.H. Moody", 2¾p, 5x8 front and verso. No place, no date. To the Governor of New York, Albany, New York. In full: "I take the liberty of addressing you informally to convey to you my knowledge of John B. Olmsted, of Buffalo. I am informed that his name has been presented to you for appointment as Commissioner under the Public Utilities Act. I know nothing of your field of choice, special requirements for the position, or the geographical or other considerations which may influence your action. I, therefore, confine what I have to say to my personal knowledge of Olmsted. He was a classmate of mine at Harvard, and I have continued my acquaintance and knowledge of him, though our pathways have been widely separated. I know him to be a man of exceptionally keen intelligence, of the highest character, and a nice sense of honor. This statement exhausts my positive knowledge, but it would not be complete unless I added that I do not know and have never heard anything whatever to his discredit. Permit me to add that I am one of the many who are watching with interest and approve ['and approve' inserted in his own hand] your public conduct". Moody (1853-1917), represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress (1895-1902). He served as Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of the Navy (1902-1904) and Attorney General (1904-1906). President Roosevelt appointed Moody Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1906. A form of crippling rheumatism forced his retirement in 1910. Moody's brief term as Associate Justice can be characterized by its adherence to judicial restraint, a spacious view of the national commerce power and a deference to state power when exercised for social ends. Stained first page. Upper 2½ inches of first page cut away through the words: "The Governor of New York". "John B. Olmsted" underlined in red (unknown hand). Staple holes upper blank margin of second page, which is also soiled.
 
 

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