Frankfurter, Felix


1950 US National Government Sesquicentennial-Judicial Branch stamp First Day Cover signed while Associate Justice, a leader of the Court’s conservatives



Autograph ID: 6400
Condition: Very good
Description: “(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 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.

Beautifully engraved 3 3/4 x 6 1/2 envelope (by “Cachetcraft, L. W. Staehle, NYC) with affixed US 3c stamp honoring the Sesquicentennial of the Judicial Branch of the National Government, stamp and envelope design picturing the Supreme Court building, postmarked Washington, August 2 1950, “First Day of Issue” (of the stamp), signed by Frankfurter under stamp at top right; not addressed. Frankfurter is quite uncommon in signed philatelic items!”
Type: First Day Cover

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