BRANDEIS, LOUIS D. (1856-1941). Supreme Court Justice. ALS. (“Louis D. Brandeis”). ½p. Small 8vo. Chatham, June 29, 1939. On his Washington stationery, which he has struck through and amended to read “Chatham, Mass.” To his second cousins Betty Brandeis (1892-1973) and Louise Brandeis (1903-?) immigrants from Austria.
“By reason of illness, your letter of the 9th did not reach my attention until today. I am enclosing, with my best wishes, check for Eighty (80) dollars…”
Noteworthy as the first Jewish judge to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis became known as the “People’s Lawyer.” During his lengthy career he ruled against monopolies, for workers’ rights and for affordable life insurance. Outside the courtroom, and initially inspired by his uncle, Brandeis became an ardent Zionist around 1910. He joined the Supreme Court in 1916 as an associate justice and assumed senior status in February 1939.