ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/15/1954 - HFSID 298269
Sale Price $337.50
WILLIAM O. DOUGLASThe associate justice thanks Cornelius Vanderbilt for a "mighty interesting" newsletter Typed Letter signed: "Wm O Douglas" in blue ink as Associate Justice, 1p, 5¾x9. No place, 1954 February 15. On Supreme Court letterhead to Cornelius Vanderbilt, Reno, Nevada. In full: "That was a mighty interesting December newsletter you sent out. Thanks for including me on your mailing list. Yours faithfully". Cornelius Vanderbilt (IV), 1898-1974, scandalized his wealthy family by entering the newspaper business. A writer and lecturer, he published several newspapers and newsletters, most of them short-lived. 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. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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