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Potter Stewart


From the personal collection of Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark


Extra fine early Supreme Court card

Potter Stewart, 1915–1985.  Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, 1958–1981.  3½” x 4½” Supreme Court chambers card signed Potter Stewart.

This is a beautiful, pristine card.  It is also an early one.  It bears the old Washington, D.C., zone code “25” in the printed address.  By 1963, five years into Stewart’s term on the Supreme Court, the postal service began phasing out zone codes in favor of the five-digit ZIP code that is still in use today.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Stewart to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, headquartered in Cincinnati, in 1954.  He elevated him to the Supreme Court in a recess appointment in 1958 to succeed retiring Associate Justice Harold Burton.  The Senate confirmed Stewart’s appointment in 1959.

Stewart has signed this card in blue-black fountain pen.  Unlike many of Stewart’s later signed Supreme Court cards, this one does not have a typewritten date or other typed wording to accompany the signature.

Provenance:  This card comes from the personal collection of Justice Tom C. Clark, who served on the Supreme Court from 1949 until 1967. Justice Clark collected the autographs of other Supreme Court Justices dating back into the 19th Century.  We are privileged to offer a number of items from the collection.




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