Description: American jurist Frank Murphy (1890-1949) signed this typed letter as Attorney General in 1939, the year before he was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Franklin Roosevelt. In this brief note Murphy responds to a fan’s request: “Of course it is a pleasure to comply with your request for my autograph. I hope that my signature on this letter will serve your purpose.”
Murphy served a lengthy political and legal career, beginning as an attorney in Michigan and serving as Mayor of Detroit (1930-1933). He went on to serve as Governor General of the Philippine Islands (1933-1935), High Commissioner to the Philippines (1935-1936), Governor of Michigan (1937-1939), Attorney General (1939-1940) under Franklin Roosevelt, and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (1940-1949). As a Supreme Court Justice, Murphy is best known for his dissent from the ruling of Korematsu v. United States (1944), which upheld the constitutionality of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. He vehemently criticized the ruling, calling it a “legalization of racism”, the first time the word “racism” was used in a Supreme Court opinion.
Typed on official Attorney General stationery that measures: 9 ¼” x 7”. Item #A00919.
Condition: Fold lines, some light soil along left margin, otherwise in very good condition with a bold signature.