Felix Frankfurter Typed Letter Signed.


Felix Frankfurter Typed Letter Signed.



Item Number: 114058

Rare typed letter signed by Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. One page, typescript on Frankfurter’s Supreme Court letterhead, the letter is dated February 1, 1941 and reads, ‘Dear Judge McAllister: I appreciate the charm of your letter even though you response is out of all proportion to the accurate prose on my part which stimulated you to write. I hope the eventuality comes off but if it doesn’t it is a source of comfort to me that you have the wisdom of not having your heart set on these things. Nothing seems to me more foolish in this world than to have the heart set on a particular job – it is bad for the heart. With cordial regards to your wife and yourself, Very sincerely yours, “Felix Frankfurter.”‘ The recipient, Thomas F. McAllister served as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1938 to 1941 prior to his appointment as a judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In near fine condition.

Austrian-American lawyer, professor, and jurist Felix Frankfurter served on the Supreme Court from 1939 to 1962 and was a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the Court. In the late 1930s, Frankfurter became close friends with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who appointed him to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin Cardozo. The nomination was met with opposition due to Frankfurter's close relationship with the President and affiliation with special interest groups. The controversy permanently changed the process which had been followed for 150 years, being the first time that a nominee for the Supreme Court appeared in person before the Judiciary Committee.

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