Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Oliver Wendell Holmes
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Theodore Roosevelt
Active:   12/4/1902-1/12/1932
Preceded by:   Horace Gray
Succeeded by:   Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
Past post:   Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Past chief:   1899-1902
Past term:   1882-1902
Personal History
Born:   March 8, 1841
Hometown:   Boston, MA
Deceased:   March 6, 1935
Undergraduate:   Harvard, 1861
Law School:   Harvard Law, 1866
Military service:   U.S. Army, 1861-1864

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1902 after a nomination from President Theodore Roosevelt. He retired on January 12, 1932. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Holmes was the Chief Justice for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. [1]v

Holmes was one of three justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Theodore Roosevelt. He served during The Fuller Court, The White Court, The Taft Court and The Hughes Court.[2]


Holmes received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1861 and a LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1866.[1]

Military service

  • U.S. Army Lieutenant, 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, 1861-1864[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Holmes received a recess appointment from President Theodore Roosevelt on August 11, 1902, to fill a seat vacated by Justice Horace Gray. Holmes was nominated on December 2, 1902. On December 4, 1902, he was confirmed by the Senate and received commission. Holmes retired on January 12, 1932.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Benjamin Nathan Cardozo.

Judicial philosophy


"Whatever disagreement there may be as to the scope of the phrase "due process of law" there can be no doubt that it embraces the fundamental conception of a fair trial, with opportunity to be heard." -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., also known as "The Great Dissenter" Source: Frank v. Magnum, 1915

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Horace Gray
Supreme Court
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

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