BRANDEIS, LOUIS D. (1856-1941). American Supreme Court justice. ALS. (“Louis D. Brandeis”). 2/3p. Small 8vo. Washington, D.C., December 29, 1939. On his personal stationery. To his second cousins Betty Brandeis (1892-1973) and Louise Brandeis (1903-?).
“Our thanks for the New Year’s Greeting. I enclose with best wishes for 1940 the check for $80. Cordially…”
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.