Oliver W Holmes

Oliver W Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) was an American jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States as an Associate Judge from 1902 to 1932. He is one of the most often referenced United States Supreme Court judges in history, known for his long service, concise and pithy opinions, and deference to the decisions of elected legislators, particularly for his clear and present danger majority judgment in the 1919 case of Schenck v. United States. He is one of the most powerful common law judges in the United States. Holmes retired from the Supreme Court at the age of 90, making him the court's oldest justice. He also served on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts as an Associate Judge and Chief Justice, as well as being the Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he was an alumnus.

Holmes' experience fighting in the American Civil War profoundly informed his legal thought, which he summarized in his maxim: The life of the law has not been logic; Read More chevron_right