Autographed Letter Signed regarding F.D.R.'s Gold Clause Case

McREYNOLDS, James Clark (1862 - 1946)

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Place Published: Washington
Date Published: 1935

Description: 3 pages on "Supreme Court" letterhead, 7.75 x 5.75 inches, Washington D.C., December 2, [1935]. Signed "J.C. McR" to powerful New York attorney Frederic R. Coudert, commenting on the "Gold Clause Case" which was being heard in the English Court of Appeals and of his concern about further New Deal legislation, in part: "...Finally I have found the opportunity to read the opinion of the English Court of Appeals in the Gold Clause Case...it is exceedingly interesting and is fair contrast with some stuff written over here. The action of the next Congress seems almost certainly to bear to the left - sadly so. The Court simply cannot be expected to stay the tide...even if it really wants to." Fine condition.

Comments: United States Attorney General and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, appointed by President Woodrow Wilson. He was known for his conservative opinions and for his opposition to much of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. In 1933 President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102, whereby all citizens were ordered to surrender all gold coins, gold bullion, and gold certificates in their possession by May 1, 1933. McReynolds, as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, wrote the strongest dissenting opinion challenging Roosevelt's policy. From that point on he could forever be counted on as a dissenting vote whenever there was a Court challenge to New Deal legislation.

Signed: Y
Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Autographs

Book ID: 250833


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