CHIEF JUSTICE MELVILLE W. FULLER - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 287162
Sale Price $180.00
MELVILLE W. FULLER
Signed autograph sentiment on blue paper, clipped from the closing of a letter
Autograph Sentiment signed: "Very truly yours/Melville W. Fuller", 4¾x2¼. Addressed by Fuller to "H. I. Mulroney E/Clerk" . Appointed by President Cleveland, Fuller served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1888 until his death in 1910. Fuller's appointment was something of a surprise, even though he was a prominent judge, and it evoked some opposition from Senate Republicans. While their primary motive may have been to delay the appointment until after the Presidential election, they cited Fuller's record during the Civil War, when he had denounced Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation as unconstitutional.) Fuller was confirmed, however, by a 41-20 vote on July 10, 1888. A staunch economic conservative, Fuller wrote Court Opinions narrowing the scope of anti-trust legislation and deeming any direct tax on income unconstitutional (Pollock v. Farmers' Loan and Trust). He was part of the 8-1 "separate but equal" majority sanctioning racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Mounting residue at corners on face. Irregularly cut edges. Pencil note (unknown hand) erased at lower edge. Two vertical fold creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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