Supreme Court Justice.
Typewritten Letter Signed, Bill, one page, octavo, Washington D.C., May 9, 1961. On his name-imprinted stationary of the Supreme Court of the United States. To Paul Doherty in Gorham, New Hampshire. With the original envelope.
“I have your letter of May 2. I would certainly like to get up to take a trip with you this month or next. I would like to get down into the Great Gulf and spend the night with you. Right now it seems impossible.
“If I could do it all it would be Tuesday, June 6. I have to be in Waterville to give the Commencement address at Colby College on June 5. I am not sure of the schedule of work down here. I might, however, be able to lay over.
“I can not promise, but I will be in touch with you later on.
“If I could, I would come into Boston and rent a car and drive up. There would be no point your making that long trek down to Boston to meet me.”
William O Douglas was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. He served until his retirement in 1975. Douglas’ passion for the outdoors is evident in many of his actions as a Supreme Court Justice. William O Douglas was a naturalist who fought to protect the environment and can be credited with significantly helping to bring environmental awareness to the American public.