Description: Vienna-born Supreme Court Justice, Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) inscribed and signed this somber chest-up portrait of himself for Walter Gellhorn (1906-1995), one of the nation’s leading law authorities and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia Law School. The inscription reads: “For Walter Gellhorn, for whom law was never the ‘dead hand’ and is not now ‘the manipulation of symbols’ from his devoted friend and well wishes Felix Frankfurter”. He also wrote the date: "July 16, 1946".
Appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frankfurter began his 23-year service on the Supreme Court in 1939 and spent his term advocating for judicial restraint in Supreme Court rulings. Frankfurter is remembered for his reargument of the Brown v. Board of Education case which brought about the desegregation of American schools.
Photo taken by Harris & Ewing and the image area measures: 9 1/8” x 7 ¼”. Overall: 12 ½” x 9 3/8”. Item #A01062.
Condition: The ink of the inscription and signature is light, but still readable, otherwise in good condition.