Clark, Tom C.

1956 ALS on Court notecard sending sympathies to Mrs. Alben Barkley on the death of the former Vice President

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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 “Mary & Tom”, 2pps, both sides of an engraved 3 ˝ x 4 ˝ Court notecard, Washington, April 30 1956, to “Jane” (Mrs. Alben Barkley), written after just hearing over the radio “…of the passing of the beloved Veep”. Their hearts are sad and their thoughts go to Mrs. Barkley and his loved ones. He adds: “Having just seen you and him only day before yesterday it came to us as such a shock – he looked so well and gave every evidence of the zest that he was getting from life. We have lost a great friend – America and her institutions have lost its strongest champion – all the world will grieve his passing.” Clark offers to do anything to make her burden lighter and want to serve her in any way possible. 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 the only VP to marry while in office. He died of a heart attack while giving a speech at the Washington and Lee Mock Convention on April 30, 1956.

Condition: Very good. slight tape stain at very top edge of front of card
Type:Letter






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