Oliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme Court by G. Edward WhiteOliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme Court by G. Edward White

Oliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme Court

byG. Edward White

Hardcover | December 15, 1999

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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 sketchesHolmes'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 onthe 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 significantcases--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 ofphotographs, documents, and memorabilia, framing the personality and achievements of its subject against the backdrop of history.
G. Edward White is at University of Virginia.
Title:Oliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme CourtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 9.21 × 6.69 × 0.59 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195116674

ISBN - 13:9780195116670

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 0


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"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