Consider the history of the Supreme Court and this significant group portrait. Chief Justice (1930-41) Charles Evans Hughes (who resigned his position of Associate Justice in 1916 to become the Republican Presidential candidate) anchors this major group of justices. Louis Brandeis (Associate Justice 1916 – 1939, was the first Jew to be appointed to the Court and is considered THE premier progressive and consumer advocate of Constitutional law) sits two seats to Hughes’ right. This court established many legal precedents and trends of our contemporary culture.
The photo credit is Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C., which was the largest photographic studio in the United States of the era. This sepia tone photo print dates from 1932. It is an original period print, not a replica or reproduction. Dimensions: Print size 18 by 12 inches. Matte size 22 by 16.5 inches. Condition is very good to excellent. There are two minor flaws -- a shallow crease, lower left in the open field above the printing and a one-quarter-inch push through, near upper left corner (detail photos).
Note a few further distinctions of this historic convergence of jurists during America’s crucial Depression and WWII years:
Pierce Butler (a Democrat appointed by Republican President Harding) was the first Justice from Minnesota. Harlan Fiske Stone was 52nd US Attorney General before becoming an Associate Justice in 1925. In 1941, Stone became the 12th Chief Justice of the United States, serving until his death in 1946 – one of the shortest terms of any Chief Justice. Stone was the first Chief Justice not to have served in elected office. His most famous dictum was: “Courts are not the only agency of government that must be assumed to have capacity to govern.” Owen Josephus Roberts was Justice for fifteen years. He led the Roberts Comission, that investigated the attack on Pearl Harbor.. He was also one of only three justices to vote against FDR's orders for Japanese American internment camps in Korematsu v. United States. James Clark McReynolds was US Attorney General under President Wilson and was an Associate Justice beginning in 1914. He served during the presidencies of Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt. He was best known for his sustained opposition to the actions by Roosevelt. In his twenty-six years on the bench, McReynolds wrote more than 506 majority opinions for the court and 93 minority opinions against the New Deal. He was one of the "Four Horsemen" (together with Van Devanter, Sutherland and Butler), who represented the opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal. Alexander George Sutherland was an English-born U.S. jurist and political figure. One of four appointments to the Court by President Harding; he served as an Associate Justice of the Court 1922 -1938.
The piece will be packed and shipped flat to preserve its integrity and readiness for mounting or framing. Its present state is mounted to matte board (see photo of back side). We would suggest professional attention to release the taping and re-mount the piece with conservation, acid free, materials.
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