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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS - SPEECH SIGNED 02/14/1951 - HFSID 81325

WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS The justice signs his speech titled "A World in Revolution" three times Typed Speech signed: "Wm O Douglas" three times, 9p, 8x10. Tucson, Arizona, 1951 February 14. Typed Cover Sheet: "Address/ of/ Mr. Justice William O.

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WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS The justice signs his speech titled "A World in Revolution" three times Typed Speech signed: "Wm O Douglas" three times, 9p, 8x10. Tucson, Arizona, 1951 February 14. Typed Cover Sheet: "Address/ of/ Mr. Justice William O. Douglas/ before a joint meeting of/ The Rotary Club and the Bar Association/ of Tucson, Arizona". This speech, titled "A World in Revolution", expounds upon the danger of communism in Southeast Asia, which the associate justice had visited. Douglas has signed the speech in the left margins of the first typed page and pages 5 and 8 (he has made markings on these pages). On March 9, 1951, less than a month after Douglas made this speech, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried for espionage. When the case, which resulted in guilty verdicts and death sentences, was brought before the Supreme Court, Douglas was one of four Justices to grant a stay of execution, which required five votes. He faced impeachment or formal charges of official misconduct for his ruling, which was said to show anti-American sentiment (the Rosenbergs were executed on June 19, 1953). In the late 1960s and early 1970s, anti-Douglas sentiment emerged again when he criticized U.S. conduct in Southeast Asia. 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. Ink marks (unknown hand) at margins of some passages. Stapled at upper left blank corners. Pinhead-sized stains on cover sheet. Fine condition.

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