Vinson, Fred M.
In-person signature on 1953 Washington dinner program
Autograph ID: 4987
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1890-1953) 13th US Chief Justice 1946-53, served in all 3 branches of government. He was a Kentucky congressman 1931-38, Secretary of Treasury (Truman) 1945-46. He was a close advisor, confidant, card player, and dear friend to Truman. In his time on the Supreme Court, he wrote 77 opinions for the court and 13 dissents. His most dramatic dissent was when the court voided President Truman’s seizure of the steel industry during a strike in a June 3, 1952 decision, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer. His final public appearance at the court was when he read the decision not to review the conviction and death sentence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The major issues his court dealt with included racial segregation, labor unions, communism and loyalty oaths. On racial segregation, he wrote that states practicing the separate but equal doctrine must provide facilities that were truly equal, in Sweatt v. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents.
9 ½ x 6 printed program for the White House News Photographers Association Annual Dinner, Hotel Statler, Washington, May 22 1953, gilt seal at top left. Signed while Chief Justice on front cover, four months before his death. With color portrait for framing.”
Type: Signed Program