3¢ Harlan F. Stone
Issue Date: August 25, 1948
City: Chesterfield, NH
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 10 1/2 x 11
Color: Bright violet
U.S. #965 honors late U.S. Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone. The stamp features a portrait of Stone in the format of the Famous Americans stamps, which includes the scales of justice.
Harlan Fiske Stone (1872-1946)
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Harlan Fiske Stone was born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. After graduating from Columbia University Law School, he practiced law in New York City. From 1910 to 1923, Stone served as dean of Columbia University Law School.
Stone was appointed attorney general of the United States in 1924. He became well known for cleaning up scandals in the Department of Justice. In 1925, Stone was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court. From 1941 until his death in 1946, Stone served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
During Stone’s years as Chief Justice, views of Constitutional laws were changing. Frequently, the court was divided. Although Stone was a conservative, he often voted to uphold liberal measures.