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STONE, HARLAN FISKE.  (1872-1946) American jurist who served as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1925 to 1941, and then as the 12th Chief Justice of the United States. (1941 until his death in 1946); served as U.S. Attorney General (1924-1925) under President Calvin Coolidge, with whom he had attended Amherst College.

An outstanding ‘Harris and Ewing’ large silver-toned quarto photograph depicting the entire “Stone Court” signed by each member under his image, housed in simple back wood frame.  [Washington, D.C. ~ circa 1942].  The ‘Stone Court’ began in July 1941, when Associate Justice Stone was confirmed to replace Charles Evans Hughes as Chief Justice. The Court now consisted of: HARLAN STONE, OWEN ROBERTS, HUGO BLACK, STANLEY F. REED, FELIX FRANKFURTER, WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS, FRANK MURPHY, JAMES F. BYRNES, AND ROBERT H. JACKSON.  [The last 2 being appointed only days after Stone became Chief Justice].  In October 1942, Byrnes resigned from the court to become the war-time Director of the Office of Economic Stabilization, thus this configuration of the Court existed for only 15 months.  The Stone court is noted for several important war-time rulings, such as in Ex parte Quirin, where it upheld the President’s power to try Nazi saboteurs captured on American soil by military tribunals. It also supported the federal government’s policy of relocating Japanese Americans into internment camps.  This is only the second example of this image we have had in the last 45+ years.  Finding one is a rarity.  Condition is outstanding.





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