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Byron R. White

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Byron Raymond White, 1917–2002.  Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1962-1993; National Football League player, 1938, 1940-1941; member, College Football Hall of Fame.  4½" x 6½" glossy formal color portrait photograph of Justice White, matted to 8" x 10" and boldly inscribed and signed on the mat Best regards to Wanda  /  Byron White.

This photograph has outstanding provenance, since it was given to a Supreme Court police officer from whom we acquired this and several other pieces.

President John F. Kennedy appointed White to the Supreme Court.  In 1960, White, well known as a former college and professional football standout, chaired Kennedy's campaign in Colorado.  When Kennedy entered the White House, he appointed White to be Deputy Attorney General, second in command in the Justice Department to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.  Two years later he elevated him to the Court. 

White was a star football player for the Colorado Buffaloes.  It was at the University of Colorado that he acquired the nickname “Whizzer,” which he came to detest.  After graduation, White played the 1938 season for the NFL's Pittsburgh Pirates, which later became the Steelers.  After a year hiatus to study as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, White returned to the NFL to play two seasons, 1940-1941, for the Detroit Lions.  Overall, White played in 33 NFL games and led the league in rushing yardage in both 1938 and 1940.  He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

White chose law school over football after he returned from the Navy following World War II.  He graduated from Yale Law School with honors in 1946 and served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson before returning to Denver, where he practiced law for 15 years.  His appointment to the Supreme Court to succeed Justice Charles Evans Whittaker, who resigned for health reasons, made him the first law clerk to return to the Court as a Justice.

This is a very nice portrait of Justice White.  He has signed the mat in black ballpoint pen.  The mat is crinkled in the lower right corner due to mailing, but the imperfection should not show if the piece is framed. Overall the piece is in very fine condition, and the inscription and signature are extra fine.

Unframed.  Please ask us about custom framing this piece.


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