Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965

Dates:
Birth 1882-11-15
Death 1965-02-22
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Government attorney, prof. of law, legal scholar, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In service of Federal Gov't., 1906-1914, 1917-1919 in N.Y.? prof. of law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1914-1939; U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1939-1962. Author of books and articles on legal and related topics. Recipient of numerous honorary degrees. Visiting prof., Oxford Univ., England, 1933-1934.

From the description of Papers of Felix Frankfurter, 1900-1965 (inclusive), 1939-1962 (bulk). (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 122520856

Wilson was director of the Harvard University Press.

From the description of Letter to Thomas J. Wilson, 7 August 1957. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 237392868

Professor of law and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From the description of Felix Frankfurter papers, 1846-1966 (bulk 1907-1966). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979838

Ethel Randolph Thayer was the widow of Ezra Ripley Thayer, former Dean of Harvard Law School, who died in 1915.

From the description of Letter to Ethel Randolph Thayer, 7 January 1916. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 236060447

Jurist.

From the description of Collection of Zionist papers of Felix Frankfurter, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71067634

Supreme Court Justice.

From the description of Reminiscences of Felix Frankfurter : oral history, 1955. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309737922

Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) was an American lawyer and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1939 to 1962. He was known for his active support of the principle of judicial restraint, believing that the federal courts and the Supreme Court should by and large refrain from interference in a state's right to govern its own affairs. This frequently put him on the dissenting side of ground-breaking decisions taken by the Warren Court to end discrimination.

From the guide to the Felix Frankfurter Letters, 1927-1934, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Law professor, author, and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1939-1962).

From the description of Correspondence and printed materials, 1885-1965 [microform]. (Brandeis University Library). WorldCat record id: 47961823

Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965), graduate of College of the City of New and Harvard University, was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 5, 1939, to a seat vacated by Benjamin N. Cardozo. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 17, 1939, and received commission on January 20, 1939. He assumed senior status on August 28, 1962, and served on the court until his death. Frankfurter also had a private law practice in New York City starting in 1906, and served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1906 to 1909. In 1910 he became an aide to Henry Stimson during Stimson's campaign for New York governor. Frankfurter was a law officer in the Bureau of Insular Affairs at the U.S. War Department from 1911 to 1914; Byrne professor of administrative law at Harvard from 1914 to 1917, and from 1920 to 1939; and a major in the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1920.

From the description of Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10580909

Government attorney, prof. of law, legal scholar, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In service of Federal Gov't., 1906-1914, 1917-1919 in N.Y. & Wash.; prof. of law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1914-1939; U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1939-1962. Author of books and articles on legal and related topics. Recipient of numerous honorary degrees. Visiting prof., Oxford Univ., England, 1933-1934.

From the description of Papers, 1900-1965. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 236047267

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Herbert J. Seligmann, 1960 July 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870821

Associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

From the description of Correspondence to Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1952-1953. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 236168722

Supreme Court Justice.

Frankfurter was an alumnus of City College, Class of 1902.

From the description of Papers, 1902-1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155502708

Biographical Note

  • 1882, Nov. 15: Born, Vienna, Austria
  • 1894: Immigrated with parents to New York, N.Y.
  • 1902: A.B., College of the City of New York, New York, N.Y.
  • 1906: LL.B., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1906 - 1910 : Assistant United States attorney, Southern District, New York
  • 1911 - 1914 : Law officer, Bureau of Insular Affairs, War Department
  • 1914 - 1939 : Professor of law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1915: Published, A Selection of Cases Under the Interstate Commerce Act (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 706 pp.)
  • 1917: Major and judge advocate, Officers' Reserve Corps, United States Army
  • 1917 - 1918 : Assistant to the secretary of war Secretary and counsel to the President's Mediation Commission
  • 1918: Assistant to the secretary of labor
  • 1918 - 1919 : Chairman, War Labor Policies Board
  • 1919: Married Marion A. Denman
  • 1922: Published with Roscoe Pound,Criminal Justice in Cleveland (Cleveland: Cleveland Foundation. 729 pp.)
  • 1927: Published with James M. Landis,The Business of the Supreme Court (New York: Macmillan Co. 349 pp.) Published, The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti (Boston: Little, Brown. 118 pp.) Published, Mr. Justice Holmes and the Constitution (Cambridge, Mass.: Dunster House Bookshop. 53 pp.)
  • 1930: Published with Nathan Greene,The Labor Injunction (New York: Macmillan Co. 343 pp.) Published, The Public & Its Government (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. 170 pp.)
  • 1931: Published with Wilber G. Katz,Cases and Other Authorities on Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure (Chicago: Callaghan. 769 pp.)
  • 1932: Declined nomination to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Published with J. Forrester Davison,Cases and Other Materials on Administrative Law (New York: Commerce Clearing House. 1177 pp.) Published, Mr. Justice Brandeis, Essays (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. 232 pp.)
  • 1933 - 1934 : George Eastman visiting professor, Oxford University, Oxford, England
  • 1937: Published, The Commerce Clause Under Marshall, Taney, and Waite (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press. 114 pp.)
  • 1938: Published, Mr. Justice Holmes and the Supreme Court (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 139 pp.)
  • 1939 - 1962 : Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1960: Published with Harlan B. Phillips,Felix Frankfurter Reminisces (New York: Reynal. 310 pp.)
  • 1965, Feb. 22: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Felix Frankfurter Papers, 1846-1966, (bulk 1907-1966), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Estelle S. Frankfurter

  • 6 Nov. 1895: Born in New York City; family immigrated from Vienna in 1894.
  • 1918: A.B. Radcliffe College; postgraduate work in Bryn Mawr College and London School of Economics.
  • 1921 - 1933 : Worked for Massachusetts Dept. of Labor and Industries; also for the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Dept of Labor.
  • 1933 - 1951 : Administrative assistant on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington.
  • 1938 - 1945 : On leave from NLRB to work at the National War Board.
  • After 1945: On one-year leaves from NLRB to work for United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Europe; volunteer worker in Israel 1948-1949; in Berlin 1949-1950 with American War Board.
  • 1951 - 1956 : Director of the Rosenstiehl Foundation, a large charitable fund in New York City.
  • 1956 - 1986 : Volunteer in the New York City public schools teaching Chinese and Puerto Rican children English under auspices of New York City Board of Education; also recorded for the blind. Visited England regularly after 1923; traveled widely in Europe, China, and Africa. Established fund at Radcliffe College in parents' memory: The Leopold and Emma Winter Frankfurter Fund.
  • 2 Oct. 1997: Died New York City of natural causes.

From the guide to the Letters to his sister Estelle, 1933-1964, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)

Epithet: Justice of the US Supreme Court

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Places:

  • Washington, D. C., DC, US
  • Vienna, 09, AT
  • New York City, NY, US