Oliver Wendell Holmes

ISBN-10: 0195305361

ISBN-13: 9780195305364

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: G. Edward White

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Known as the "Great Dissenter," Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote some of the most eloquent opinions in the history of the United States Supreme Court. A brilliant legal mind who served on the high court into his nineties, Holmes was responsible for some of the most important judicial opinions of the twentieth century. Now, in this superb short biography, G. Edward White offers readers a lively, informative portrait of this singular individual. The book first sketches Holmes's early years--his childhood in Boston, his undergraduate years at Harvard (which his father and both grandfathers also attended), and his valiant service in the Civil War, during which he was severely wounded three times. After the war, Holmes went into private law practice, wrote his landmark treatise The Common Law in1881, had a short tenure on the Harvard Law School faculty, and spent 20 years as a judge on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts before being named to the U.S. Supreme Court. The author focuses on his remarkable 30-year service as a Supreme Court Justice, beginning in 1902, and details Holmes's mostsignificant cases--Abrams v. United States, Northern Securities Co. v. United States, Lochner v. New York, Schenck v. United States, and others--which limited working hours, set a mandatory minimum wage, protected women's rights, legalized labor unions, and defined freedom of speech. These decisions--as well as The Common Law--are highly regarded to this day. A new volume in the Lives and Legacy series, this marvelous short biography offers an ideal introduction to a towering figure in American law.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Prologue
The Family Legacy
Our Hearts Were Touched with Fire: The Civil War Years
The Practical Struggle of Life: Becoming a Lawyer and a Judge
The Quiet Years
A More Important and More Visible Court
A New and Solemn Volume Opens
An Unlikely Reformer
The Yankee from Olympus
Toward Melancholy: The Retirement Years
Epilogue
Notes
Chronology
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
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