This collection chiefly contains letters written to United States Congressman from California and United States Court of Customs
Appeals judge Marion DeVries (1865-1939),
between the late 1890s and 1925, chiefly expressing gratitude for a favor rendered or to ask for his political support.
Marion DeVries (1865-1939) attended San Joaquin Valley College and obtained his law degree from
the University of Michigan. He was admitted to the Michigan bar in 1887 and to the
California bar in the same year. DeVries became the Assistant District Attorney of
San Joaquin County from 1893-1897. He then was elected to the 55th and 56th
Congresses to represent the 2nd district of California. After resigning from
Congress, DeVries became a member of the Board of the U.S. Customs Court in New York
from 1900-1910. Later he became an associate judge to the U.S. Court of Customs
Appeals in Washington, D.C. from 1910-1921, becoming the presiding judge from
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