Santa's Whiskers

Judge John H. Hatcher (1875-1944)

Presiding judge of West Virginia Supreme Court

"Ex Parte Santa Claus" 1927

“Let legislation outlaw the law of evolution, if they 

must; let the Constitution be amended till it looks like

a patchwork quilt; but rob not childhood of its most

intriguing mystery – Santa Claus. Let him be to

succeeding generations as he has been to us – a

​joyous faith of childhood, a pleasant indulgence of

parenthood and a happy memory of old age.”