Frankfurter, Felix

1944 TLS as Associate Justice, advocate of judicial restraint, a leader of the Court's conservatives

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(1882-1962) Harvard Law professor, FDR informal advisor, Associate Justice 1939-1962, 3rd Jewish Justice. Judge Advocate General during WW I, Frankfurter was encouraged by Justice Brandeis to become more involved in Zionism, and with Brandeis lobbied President Wilson to support the Balfour Declaration. In 1918, he participated in the founding conference of the American Jewish Congress in Philadelphia creating a national democratic organization of Jewish leaders from all over the US. In 1919, Frankfurter was a Zionist delegate to the Paris Peace Conference, but he was a non-practicing Jew. In 1920, he helped found the American Civil Liberties Union. He wrote 247 opinions for the Court, 132 concurring opinions, and 251 dissents. Frankfurter was the Court's most outspoken advocate of judicial restraint, that courts should not interpret the Constitution in such a way as to impose sharp limits upon the authority of the legislative and executive branches. He also usually refused to apply the federal Constitution to the states. He was, in his time, the leader of the conservative faction of the Court and for many years feuded with liberals Black & Douglas. TLS on his 9 x 5 3/4 engraved Court Chambers letterhead, Washington, December 27 1944, to Gustav Wertheimer Esq., Sheboygan, Wisconsin, belatedly acknowledging his seasonal wishes which Frankfurter returns "with interest." With envelope.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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