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    William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed "Wm H Taft. One page with blank integral, 7" x 9", Washington, D.C.; April 8, 1910. On White House letterhead addressed to Secretary of State Samuel S. Koenig concerning the proposed appointment of Louis Marshall to the Supreme Court Bench. In part, "I can not appoint anybody because he is a Jew; and I certainly shall not decline to appoint anybody because he is a Jew. It would give me gratification should I find a gentleman competent for the place in every respect if he were a Jew, because by his appointment it would be made emphatically to appear that no man is denied the highest places in this Republic of ours because of his race." Despite additional appeals to Taft in favor of Marshall's appointment, Taft chose Charles E. Hughes. This was the second Supreme Court appointment Taft made during his presidency. He made a total of six appointments to the high court during his four years in office, the most of any president except George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, light toning at edges, minor soiling on verso. Otherwise very good.


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    April, 2018
    18th Wednesday
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