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 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.

Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. (September 19, 1907 – August 25, 1998) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Powell developed a reputation as a judicial centrist who was known for consensus-building during his tenure. He was known for drafting the Powell Memorandum, a confidential memorandum for the US Chamber of Commerce that described a road map to defend and further the Chamber of Commerce's concept of free-enterprise capitalism against perceived socialist, communist, and fascist cultural trends.

Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.
Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.
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That's the legacy, to our society, of Lewis Powell, as carried out by his corporate clients. Its impact will take years – or more likely decades – to undo, and only if all the rest of us get together to work at it. Photo: Official portrait of Justice Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. Color negative by Robert S. Oakes – Library of ...


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