Clark, Tom C.

1955 ALS on Court notecard to Mrs. Alben Barkley

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(1899-1977) Texas lawyer, joined Justice Department 1937, civilian coordinator for forced relocation of Japanese-Americans during opening months of WW II. Later headed antitrust and criminal divisions at Justice. Attorney General 1945-49 (Truman), Associate Justice 1949-67. A conservative, he proved a key vote in some Warren Court cases expanding scope of individual rights. He wrote majority opinion in landmark cases Mapp v. Ohio, applying 4th Amendment "exclusionary rule" to the states, and Abington School District v. Schempp, invalidating daily Bible readings in public schools. Truman later came to regret his choice, saying years later that "Tom Clark was my biggest mistake." This stemmed from Clark's vote to strike down as unconstitutional Truman's seizure of the nation's steel mills to avert a strike in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952) after advising Truman as Attorney General that he had legal authority to do so. ALS on 3 ˝ x 4 ˝ engraved Court notecard, Washington, September 22 (1955), to Mrs. Alben Barkley (“Jane”), Paducah, Kentucky, wishing a happy birthday “to a sister twenty three-es – and may you have many of ‘em. We miss you and the Senator.” With hand-addressed engraved Court envelope initialed “T.C.C.” at top left, postmarked Washington, September 22 1955. Alben Barkley (1877-1956) Kentucky US Rep 1913-27, Senator 1927-49 & 1955-56, Senate Majority Leader 1937-47. Vice President 1949-53 (Truman). Barkley’s 1st wife died in 1947. At a party thrown by Clark Clifford on the White House yacht on July 8, 1949, he met Jane (Rucker) Hadley (1911-1964), a widow half his age from St. Louis. On Nov. 18, 1949, they married. Barkley remains the only VP to marry while in office.

Condition: Very good. envelope has tear at top right under stamp
Type:Letter






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