Harlan Stone Autograph 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.

Autograph letter signed (ALS) “Harlan F. Stone” AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, June 24 [1931], Supreme Court of the United States Washington, DC stationery, 5.5×7, sent from Isle au Haut, Maine, to John Hays Hammond, in full:

On our way here Mrs. Stone and I learned, with deep regret, of your bereavement.

We want you to know that you have our sincere sympathy and warm regards…

In very good condition, pencil notations at top left, fold, mounting remnants on terminal leaf.

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.  His wife, Natalie Harris, died on June 18, 1931 and we believe that is the reason for this note of sympathy from Stone.