ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LEWIS F. POWELL JR. - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - DOCUMENT 144844
LEWIS F. POWELL, JR
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. signs a First Day Cover honoring Journalism and Freedom of the Press.
First Day Cover signed: "Lewis F. Powell, Jr" as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 6½x3½. FDC honoring Journalism and Freedom of the Press, 4-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Columbia, MO, September 22, 1958, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Democrat Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (1907-1998) was appointed Associate Justice by President Nixon. Commissioned on December 9, 1971, he was sworn in on January 7, 1972 and served for 15 years, five months and 19 days before retiring on June 26, 1987. Serving under both Chief Justices Warren Burger and William H. Rehnquist (from 1986), Powell, who had been a moderate before joining the Court, often found himself as the swing vote in a number of important cases. His votes decided the Court's first confrontations with abortion and affirmative action issues. Before joining the Court, the highlight of Powell's legal career was becoming President of the American Bar Association in 1964. Slightly creased, rippled at cachet. Soiled at right margin not near signature. Otherwise, fine condition.