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Felix Frankfurter Letter to Leader of Democratic Women
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Felix Frankfurter Letter to Leader of Democratic Women

Felix Frankfurter, Autograph Letter Signed, to Dorothy Wonderly Smith McAllister, January [17?], 1938, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1 p., 5.25" x 8". On Law School of Harvard University letterhead. Expected folds; very good.

Frankfurter thanks Dorothy McAllister for her kind words on his speech and is grateful for her husband's service on the bench.

Complete Transcript:


Jany [17?]

My dear Mrs. McAllister:

How kind of you to send me your generous use of my survey speech. I am indeed glad that you thought so well of it. Evidently Mr. Justice Holmes dictum applies: "We need education in the obvious more than investigation of the abstruse."
It's a great comfort to find such [good?] men on the Bench as your husband, and now finally Reed.
Will you write

Very sincerely yrs
Felix Frankfurter

Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to New York City in 1894. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1902 and from Harvard Law School. In 1906, he began working for Henry Stimson, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. When President William Howard Taft appointed Stimson as Secretary of War in 1911, Stimson appointed Frankfurter as an assistant. From 1913 to 1917, he taught administrative law at Harvard Law School, but took a leave during World War I to serve as special assistant to the secretary of war and as Judge Advocate General. After the war with encouragement from Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Frankfurter became more involved in Zionist causes. In 1920, he helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1921, Frankfurter was given a chair at Harvard Law School. After Franklin D. Roosevelt's election in 1932, Frankfurter became an adviser to the president. In 1938, Roosevelt nominated Frankfurter to the U.S. Supreme Court. After a tempestuous nomination process, Frankfurter received confirmation and served on the court from January 1939 to August 1962. He wrote 247 opinions for the court, 132 concurring opinions, and 251 dissents. An advocate of judicial restraint, he had an argumentative style that was not popular among his Supreme Court colleagues.

Dorothy Wonderly Smith McAllister (1899-1983) was born in Michigan and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1920. She married Thomas F. McAllister (1896-1976) in 1921, and they had two daughters. He served as a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1938 to 1941 and as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1941 to his death. From 1937 to 1941, she served as the director of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee. She served as the chair of the National Committee to Defeat the UnEqual Rights Amendment, a group opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment. She also served as chair of the board of directors of the National Consumers' League.

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Felix Frankfurter Letter to Leader of Democratic Women

Felix Frankfurter, Autograph Letter Signed, to Dorothy Wonderly Smith McAllister, January [17?], 1938, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1 p., 5.25" x 8". On Law School of Harvard University letterhead. Expected folds; very good.

Frankfurter thanks Dorothy McAllister for her kind words on his speech and is grateful for her husband's service on the bench.

Complete Transcript:


Jany [17?]

My dear Mrs. McAllister:

How kind of you to send me your generous use of my survey speech. I am indeed glad that you thought so well of it. Evidently Mr. Justice Holmes dictum applies: "We need education in the obvious more than investigation of the abstruse."
It's a great comfort to find such [good?] men on the Bench as your husband, and now finally Reed.
Will you write

Very sincerely yrs
Felix Frankfurter

Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to New York City in 1894. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1902 and from Harvard Law School. In 1906, he began working for Henry Stimson, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. When President William Howard Taft appointed Stimson as Secretary of War in 1911, Stimson appointed Frankfurter as an assistant. From 1913 to 1917, he taught administrative law at Harvard Law School, but took a leave during World War I to serve as special assistant to the secretary of war and as Judge Advocate General. After the war with encouragement from Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Frankfurter became more involved in Zionist causes. In 1920, he helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1921, Frankfurter was given a chair at Harvard Law School. After Franklin D. Roosevelt's election in 1932, Frankfurter became an adviser to the president. In 1938, Roosevelt nominated Frankfurter to the U.S. Supreme Court. After a tempestuous nomination process, Frankfurter received confirmation and served on the court from January 1939 to August 1962. He wrote 247 opinions for the court, 132 concurring opinions, and 251 dissents. An advocate of judicial restraint, he had an argumentative style that was not popular among his Supreme Court colleagues.

Dorothy Wonderly Smith McAllister (1899-1983) was born in Michigan and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1920. She married Thomas F. McAllister (1896-1976) in 1921, and they had two daughters. He served as a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1938 to 1941 and as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1941 to his death. From 1937 to 1941, she served as the director of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee. She served as the chair of the National Committee to Defeat the UnEqual Rights Amendment, a group opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment. She also served as chair of the board of directors of the National Consumers' League.

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