Biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes


Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Jurist. Born in Boston, MA, March 8, 1841. Graduated from Harvard, 1861; Harvard Law School, 1866 (LL.D., 1895; Yale, 1886). Served three years 20th Massachusetts volunteers. Wounded in breast at Ball's Bluff, October 21, 1861; in neck at Antietam, September 17, 1862; in foot at Marye's Hill, Fredericksburg, May 3, 1863. Engaged in practice in Boston. Editor "American Law Review," 1870-73. Member law firm of Shattuck, Holmes & Munroe, 1873-82. Professor of law, Harvard Law School, 1882. Associate justice, 1882-99; chief justice 1899-1902; Supreme Judicial Court, MA; associate justice Supreme Court of United States since December 4, 1902. Author: "The Common Law" (lectures at Lowell Institute), "Speeches."