Oliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme Court

Oliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme Court

by G. Edward White
     
 

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An influential justice who refused to bow to politics and devoted his keen mind to the U.S. Supreme Court until the age of 90, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) helped formulate some of the most progressive judicial thought in 20th-century American history. G. Edward White first sketches Holmes's early years-his childhood in Boston, undergraduate years at Harvard,

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An influential justice who refused to bow to politics and devoted his keen mind to the U.S. Supreme Court until the age of 90, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) helped formulate some of the most progressive judicial thought in 20th-century American history. G. Edward White first sketches Holmes's early years-his childhood in Boston, undergraduate years at Harvard, 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 in 1881, 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 most significant 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.

OXFORD PORTRAITS are informative and insightful biographies of people whose lives shaped their times and continue to influence ours. Based on the most recent scholarship, they draw heavily on primary sources, including writings by and about their subjects. Each book is illustrated with a wealth of photographs, documents, and memorabilia, framing the personality and achievements of its subject against the backdrop of history.

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"Both very good and very useful. White presents a clear biography of the Supreme Court justice.... White creates a vivid portrait of this scholarly and philosophical legal thinker while including rich details of his intellectual but reserved home life.... More than that, readers will absorb a history of the development of legal education, the growth of the Supreme Court, and how law unfolds as a study and a discipline.... Quotations from Holmes's writing and picture captions with further details add to the story.... Excellent."—Kirkus Reviews

"It is particularly impressive that professor G. Edward White has been able to tell the story of this complex man without being superficial."—New York Law Journal

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This excellent biography brings readers into the life and times of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. The detailed research and photos combine to make this a fascinating read about one of the most influential justices in the history of the court. Readers learn about Holmes' early years, including his enlistment in a Massachusetts regiment during the Civil War, his college years, and then his career as a lawyer and judge in Massachusetts. Holmes served on the Supreme Court for 30 years and retired with distinction when he was 90 years old. The text renders accessible the workings of the court and several notable legal decisions. This book is one in the publisher's "Oxford Portraits" series. 2000, Oxford University Press, Ages 12 up, $22.00. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195116670
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Oxford Portraits Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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University of Virginia

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