Lot #47
Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Eisenhower honors Justice Brandeis, recognizing "the debt we owe to the industry and wisdom of this great American jurist and humanitarian"
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President Eisenhower honors Justice Brandeis, recognizing "the debt we owe to the industry and wisdom of this great American jurist and humanitarian"

TLS as president, one page, 7 x 10.5, White House letterhead, June 29, 1956. Letter to "the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Centennial Commission," in full: "Louis Dembitz Brandeis demonstrated his respect for judicial tradition throughout his twenty-three years as a member of the Supreme Court of the United States, yet he did not fail to recognize the role of law as an instrument of social advancement. Regard for human dignity was reflected in all his decisions. He had a keen and searching mind, a high regard for the individual citizen, and a distrust of concentrated power not balanced by commensurate responsibility. An advisor to statesmen, he initiated many changes in socio-legal thinking which are accepted today as a matter of course. His career provides a splendid example to young people of this country who have matured since his death a scant fifteen years ago.

It is fitting that the observance of this Centennial Year of the birth of Justice Brandeis should originate with the University founded in his name as a memorial to his ideals. Brandeis University and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Centennial Commission are to be congratulated for reminding us of the debt we owe to the industry and wisdom of this great American jurist and humanitarian." In fine condition.

Louis Brandeis was appointed to the US Supreme Court by Woodrow Wilson in 1916, becoming the first Jewish justice to sit on the nation's highest court. His activism was well-regarded by peers and colleagues, and his opinions comprised some of the greatest defenses of freedom of speech and the right to privacy ever written by a member of the Supreme Court. He was also a prominent figure in the Zionist movement, advocating for the re-creation of a Jewish national homeland as a solution to rampant anti-Semitism throughout the world. In this remarkable statement, President Eisenhower pays respectful homage to the influential jurist and reformer.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #589 - Ended August 12, 2020





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