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#98 - Gerald Ford

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On nominating Justice John Paul Stevens to the Supreme Court: “I worked very hard to do it right”

ALS signed “Jerry Ford,” one page, 6.25 x 8.5, personal letterhead, June 13, 1992. Letter to Senator Paul Simon. "Thanks so much for a copy of your new book—Advice and Consent. I am deeply grateful for the analysis of the John Paul Stevens nomination process. Ed Levi and I worked very hard to do it right. Justice Stevens has done a super job. I am very proud of his record on the Court even though I don’t always agree with his decisions. I miss Congress but I’m disappointed with its management and role. Thanks again.” In fine condition, with staple holes to upper left corner. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope bearing a pre-printed free frank signature. When Justice William O. Douglas retired from the Supreme Court in 1975, President Ford had Attorney General Edward H. Levi draw up a list of candidates to fill the vacancy. John Paul Stevens, who had been appointed to the US Court of Appeals by President Nixon while Ford was vice president, came highly recommended and Ford appointed him to the position. This directly relates to Simon’s book, which evaluated the history of Supreme Court appointments in the wake of the political battles that followed President Bush’s appointment of Clarence Thomas in 1991. In a fascinating twist, Justice Stevens ended up frequently siding with the liberal side of the Court, disappointing conservatives such as Ford. The duty of appointing Supreme Court justices is arguably the most important presidential task—the appointee is to define US law for generations to come—and as such this letter is rife with excellent content for the jurisprudence enthusiast. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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