Oliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme Court

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CHRONOLOGY

March 8, 1841

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. is born in Boston, Massachusetts

1857

Enters Harvard College with the class of 1861

1861

Graduates from Harvard; enlists in the 20th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers and receives his first Civil War wound

1862

Returns to active service in March; is wounded again in September

1863

Returns again to active service; receives his third wound in May

1864

Resigns from military service in July; enters Harvard Law School in September

1866

Receives an LL.B. degree from Harvard in June; becomes affiliated with the Boston law firm of George Shattuck

March 4, 1867

Is formally admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts

June 17, 1872

Marries Fanny Bowditch Dixwell

March 3, 1881

The Common Law is published five days before Holmes’s 40th birthday

November 1881

Accepts a professorship at Harvard Law School

1882

Begins teaching at Harvard Law School in September; resigns in December to accept the position of associate justice on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Prologue- the 90Th-Birthday Address 7
  • Chapter 1 - The Family Legacy 13
  • Chapter 2 - Our Hearts Were Touched with Fire- The Civil War Years 25
  • Chapter 3 - The Practical Struggle of Life- Becoming a Lawyer and a Judge 35
  • Chapter 4 - The Quiet Years 57
  • Chapter 5 - A More Important and More Visible Court 69
  • Chapter 6 - A New and Solemn Volume Opens 79
  • Chapter 7 - An Unlikely Reformer 94
  • Chapter 8 - The Yankee from Olympus 106
  • Chapter 9 - Toward Melancholy- The Retirement Years 126
  • Epilogue 138
  • Chronology 143
  • Further Reading 145
  • Index 147
  • Acknowledgments 151
  • Picture Credits 153
  • Text Credits 155
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