ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/04/1972 - HFSID 166970
Sale Price $1,020.00
WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS
The Supreme Court Justice signed this typed letter in 1972!
Typed Letter signed: "WO Douglas" in black ink as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1p, 5½x8½. Washington, D.C., 1972 October 4. On letterhead of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chambers of Justice William O. Douglas, to Mr. Warren Slater, Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In full: "Thank you for your generous comments on my TV interview and on my service on the Bench./ It was kind of you to write to me./ Yours faithfully". William Orville Douglas (1898-1980), an associate justice from 1939-1975, signed this letter a month after his two-hour interview with Eric Sevareid. CBS Reports broadcast an hour of the footage taken on September 6, 1972 at Goose Prairie, Washington, a scenic area where Douglas vacationed. During the interview, the 73-year-old maverick discussed his judicial beliefs, his relationship with the Kennedys, and his chances of becoming Vice President, among other topics. Douglas, a former law school professor at Columbia and Yale, served on the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1933-1939 before being nominated as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. His service of 36 years and seven months was the longest of any justice up until that point. Douglas was strongly libertarian in his opinions and distrustful of establishments of all types; he considered himself a voice for the voiceless and powerless. Douglas spent his last years on the Court fighting Richard Nixon, joining a unanimous Court in its decision to force the President to turn over the Watergate tapes (United States vs. Nixon, 1974). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Slightly rippled at imprinted letterhead. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 29¼x22.
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