BRANDEIS, LOUIS D. (1856-1941). Supreme Court Justice. ALS. (“Louis D. Brandeis”). 2/3p. Small 8vo. Chatham, July 8, 1941. Written on his personal stationery to his second cousin Louise Brandeis (1903-?).
“Re yours of 4th our hearty congratulations. Your selection is the best evidence of the fine work you are doing. Cordially…”
Noteworthy as the first Jewish judge to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis earned his reputation as the “People’s Lawyer.” During his lengthy law career he ruled against monopolies, in favor of workers’ rights, and for affordable life insurance. Outside the courtroom, and initially inspired by his uncle, Brandeis became an ardent supporter of Zionism around 1910.