EARL WARREN TYPED LETTER SIGNED, "Earl Warren", 8.5 x 11, on "State of California Governor's Office" personal letterhead, with embossed state shield, May 10, 1946, by the future Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, to Paul C. Smith, Editor and General Manager of the San Francisco Chronicle, thanking him for sending a copy of the Chronicle Quarterly. In part: "...appreciate your thoughtfulness. I have been o the go so much lately that quite naturally I have had to forgo a lot of reading...." At the time of this letter Warren was actively participating in the 1946 California gubernatorial election which would be held on November 5, 1946. It is notable in that the incumbent, Governor Earl Warren, was nominated by both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as the Progressive party. Warren subsequently was reelected in the general election to a second term with more than 90% of the vote. In fine condition, with usual folds and a couple of acknowledgement initials upper right.
Earl Warren (1891-1974) was an American politician and jurist who served as the Governor of California from 1943 to 1953 and Chief Justice of the United States from 1953 to 1969. The "Warren Court" presided over a major shift in American constitutional jurisprudence, which has been recognized by many as a "Constitutional Revolution" of the liberal, with Warren writing the majority opinions in landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, the decision which ended school segregation. Warren also led the Warren Commission, a presidential commission that investigated the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He is, as of 2019, the last Chief Justice to have served in an elected office before entering the Supreme Court, and is generally considered to be one of the most influential Supreme Court justices and political leaders in the history of United States.