Washington, D.C. 1946.
1 page, 9 x 7 inches, Washington, D.C., May 17, 1946. Written to Duncan L. Groner who was in 1946, Chief Judge of the DC Circuit "My Dear Chief Justice," in full: "I am certainly sorry I will miss your 'silver' anniversary on the bench. Mary and I are going to Texas on the 30th for a few days and will not be here on June 1st. We want to congratulate you but think it would be more fitting to congratulate the people for having had your loyal, devoted and excellent services during those years. With every good wish, we are my dear friend, Sincerely, Tom Clark." Note: On April 22, 1946 Chief Justice Harlan Stone died, having served on the Supreme Court for 23 years. President Truman did not choose an interim Chief Justice but instead nominated Fred M. Vinson to be his Treasury Secretary. Vinson was confirmed on June 22, 1945 even though he had no previous judicial experience. So, who is Tom C. Clark writing to? This letter was written three weeks after Harlan Stone's death and four weeks prior to Fred M. Vinson's nomination. One faint diagonal crease in the upper left corner, but still in very good condition.
United States Attorney General and later Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.