Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), twenty-fifth Chief Justice of Massachusetts, needs no introduction to the readers of this journal. Son and namesake of one of America's most popular writers, he was at twenty-four a Civil War hero wounded three times in battle, and at forty a lawyer-scholar whose book of lectures The Common Law would win him international renown. At sixtyone he began three decades as the Great Dissenter on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he exposed the economic theory underpinning the dominant freedom-of-contract ideology. Between 1882 and 1902-between early promise and later fame-he served on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
David J. Seipp,
Chief Justice Holmes on the Science and Art (and Politics) of Judging
Massachusetts Legal History
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