ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/21/1969 - HFSID 44081
Sale Price $427.50
WILLIAM O. DOUGLASThe justice sends an autograph letter inquiring about the price of a new generator Autograph Letter signed: "Bill" in blue ink, 1p, 7¼x10½. On his personal letterhead. Goose Prairie, Washington, 1969 September 21. To "Dear Damon" [Trout]. In full: "It's doubtful I'll get down to Portland. We are doing a lot of work on the home & I have to what here to watch the carpenter. I've even been having a lot of trouble with the generator. What would a new Kohler 16 KW - wither diesel of propane gas - cost? Best ever." Accompanied by envelope addressed in signer's hand to "Damon Trout, Esq/Cornelius/Oregon". Postmarked Gooseprairie, Washington, August 30, 1968. William Orville Douglas (1898-1980) served as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1937 to 1939, during which time President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him Associate Justice of the Supreme Court to succeed Louis D. Brandeis. Justice Douglas's service on the Court totaled 36 years and seven months, longer than any other justice up until that point. He retired in November 1975 and died five years later at the age of 81. He was strongly libertarian in his opinions, distrustful of establishments of all types, and considered himself a voice for the voiceless and powerless. His book, An Almanac of Liberty, was published in 1954. Fine condition.
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