Oliver Wendell HOLMES, JR.

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American politician

AmericanBorn Oliver Wendell HOLMES, JR.

American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932

Born on March 08, 1841 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died on March 06, 1935 in Washington, D.C., USA

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Holmes was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the prominent writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. and abolitionist Amelia Lee Jackson. As a young man, Holmes loved literature and supported the abolitionist movement that thrived in Boston society during the 1850s. He graduated from Harvard University in 1861, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was a brother of the Alpha Delta Phi. Additionally, Holmes was a member of the Porcellian Club, an exclusive organization, during his senior year at Harvard.



During his senior year of college, at the outset of the American Civil War, Holmes enlisted in the fourth battalion, Massachusetts militia, and then received a commission as first lieutenant in the Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He saw much action, from the Peninsula Campaign to the Wilderness, suffering wounds at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Holmes particularly admired and was close to his fellow officer in the 20th Mass., Henry Livermore Abbott. Holmes is said to have shouted at Lincoln to take cover during the Battle of Fort Stevens, although this is commonly regarded as apocryphal. In the biography Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self by G. Edward White, the author states "the authenticity of the story is highly questionable", noting "the absence of confirmatory evidence in Holmes' own recollections of his services defending Fort Stevens".

...   Holmes was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the prominent writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. and abolitionist Amelia Lee Jackson. As a young man, Holmes loved literature and supported the abolitionist movement that thrived in Boston society during the 1850s. He graduated from Harvard University in 1861, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was a brother of the Alpha Delta Phi. Additionally, Holmes was a member of the Porcellian Club, an exclusive organization, during his senior year at Harvard.



During his senior year of college, at the outset of the American Civil War, Holmes enlisted in the fourth battalion, Massachusetts militia, and then received a commission as first lieutenant in the Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He saw much action, from the Peninsula Campaign to the Wilderness, suffering wounds at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Holmes particularly admired and was close to his fellow officer in the 20th Mass., Henry Livermore Abbott. Holmes is said to have shouted at Lincoln to take cover during the Battle of Fort Stevens, although this is commonly regarded as apocryphal. In the biography Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self by G. Edward White, the author states "the authenticity of the story is highly questionable", noting "the absence of confirmatory evidence in Holmes' own recollections of his services defending Fort Stevens".



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