Hidden Historical Letters

Yesterday, Georgetown Law professor Dan Ernst posted an article to the Legal History blog entitled “Frankfurter and DC Minimum Wage Case: The View from the Adkins Papers.”  The article draws on seven letters between Felix Frankfurter and Jesse Corcoran Adkins (L' 1899) that discuss the DC Minimum Wage case.  These seven letters are part of the Jesse Corcoran Adkins Papers, held by the Georgetown Law Library’s Special Collections.

Jesse Corcoran Adkins attend Georgetown’s night law program and received his bachelor of laws degree in 1899 and then in 1900 he received his masters of law.  He was a part of the Georgetown Law faculty from 1908-1944.  His areas of focus were equity, constitutional law and corporations.  From 1905-1908 he was an assistant United States attorney and in 1912 he was elevated to Assistant Attorney General.  He prosecuted anti-trust cases notably Corn Products Refining Co. and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Grand Trunk Railroads.  He became the president of the District Bar Association in 1928.  He was appointed by Herbert Hoover and served as associate justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia from 1930-1946. As a part of the Minimum Wage Board he was active in several cases, notably the Children’s Hospital vs. Jesse C. Adkins with Felix Frankfurter as of counsel.

For further information on the Jesse Corcoran Adkins Papers, including the finding aid, Search Our Collections and type “Adkins”.

For more information on other manuscript collections contact Special Collections at 202/661-6602 or email  htm@law.georgetown.edu.

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