Justice Van Devanter Explains the Organization of the Supreme Court and Circuit Courts to an Inquiring Boy [Manuscript]. Van Devanter, Willis [1859-1941]. [Schwartz, Louis]. [Typed Letter, Signed, To Louis Schwartz, On Personal Letterhead, April 16, 1929]. Single-sided letter on two 10-1/2" x 8" sheets, signed "Willis Van Devanter." Light toning, Faint vertical and horizontal fold lines, tiny staple holes to head of first sheet, tiny staple holes to head and foot of second sheet. [With] Van Devanter, Willis. [7" x 9-1/2" Black-and-White Press Photograph of Justice Van Devanter Addressing a Newreel Camera]. [New York: Acme Newspictures, May 24, 1937]. Minor wear and crinkling to edges, caption, stamps and annotations to verso. $850. * Addressed to "Master Louis Schwartz," this letter describes the organization of the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit Courts. It appears to be a reply to a set of questions submitted by Schwartz; the final line of Van Devanter's letter reads "I trust what has been said will be found by you to be a sufficient answer to your inquiries." The caption pasted to the verso of the photograph reads: "Justice Van Devanter Withdraws to His Farm. Justice Willis Van Devanter, whose resignation from the Supreme Court bench takes effect June 2nd, poses for newsreel cameraman James Lyons, on his farm, May 23rd. The retiring justice will spend much of his time on his acres near Ellicott City, MD., When he steps down from the bench." Appointed by President Taft, Willis Van Devanter was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from January 3, 1911, to June 2, 1937. For his conservatism, he was known as one of the Four Horsemen, along with Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds, and George Sutherland; the four would dominate the Supreme Court for over two decades.
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