Letter to Stanley Reed Regarding His Retirement From Active Service as An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
My dear Mr. Justice:
I am most appreciative of your courtesy in giving me advance notice of your intention to retire from active service on February 25, 1957.
In accepting your resignation from active work as a Supreme Court Justice, I seize the opportunity to tender my congratulations on your long and splendid record in public service, as well as official appreciation of the dedication and devotion that are so much a part of your reputation. You have occupied your important position during many of the most stirring years of our national history and have consequently participated in some of the Court's important decisions. These will, of course, influence our nation's development for a long time to come.
In view of your intention to remain here in Washington where you and Mrs. Reed have formed so many friendships over the years, I am sure that there lie ahead of you long happiness and satisfaction as well as opportunity to continue to contribute to the richness of American life, even though you may do so in a less formal way.
With my greetings to Mrs. Reed and warm regard to yourself,
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Note: Associate Justice Reed's letter follows:
The White House
By January 31, 1957, I will have served nineteen continuous years as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Being now seventy-two years of age, I desire on February 25, 1957, to retire from regular active service as a Justice of the United States, retaining my office as such in accordance with the provisions of Title 28 § 371 (b) of the United States Code.
January 31, 1957
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Letter to Stanley Reed Regarding His Retirement From Active Service as An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/233989