Harlan Stone 1925 Typed Letter Signed as Supreme Court Justice

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Political figure from New Hampshire (1872–1946) who served as the dean of Columbia Law School, the 52nd US Attorney General, and the 12th Chief Justice of the United States from 1941 until his death.

Typed letter signed (TLS) “Harlan F. Stone” AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, March 31, 1925, Supreme Court of the United States Washington, DC stationery, 5×8, to John Hays Hammond, in full:

Congratulations and all good wishes on the occasion of your 70th birthday!  I wouldn’t have believed that you had arrived at that point, which shows the beneficent affects on an interesting and busy life.

Recently I had occasion to congratulate a friend in my profession, who had a most interesting and distinguished career, on arriving, in good health and spirits, at the 85th anniversary of his birth.  He told me that the most interesting and enjoyable part of his life had been that which followed his 70th birthday.

I don’t see how any one could have a more interesting career than you have had down to date, but if it is possible, I wish it for you and I believe that you will have it.

In very good condition, paperclip impression at top left, fold, ink blot at bottom corner.

John Hays Hammond (31 March 1855 – 8 June 1936) was a mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist. Known as the man with the Midas touch, he amassed a sizable fortune before the age of 40.