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The first paragraph of The Common Law contains what is probably Holmes's most famous sentence: "The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience. His book contributed to the awakening interest in the United States in "sociological jurisprudence," or the relationship between law and other social institutions. Holmes then became a professor of law at Harvard Law School. He had worked in this position for less than a year when he became an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on January 3, He was promoted to chief justice on August 5, , and his reputation as a daring thinker began to grow.
Many of Holmes's groundbreaking opinions upheld the right of the state to regulate the economy and other social issues. Theodore Roosevelt — became president in The new president was eager to appoint men to the Supreme Court who would help change the role of government and would uphold the new laws he himself wanted to pass.
Viewing Holmes as such a man, Roosevelt appointed him to the U. Holmes took his seat on December 8, , at the age of sixty-one. Holmes's most important early opinions dealt with regulation of the national economy. His most famous opinion of the economy is probably Lochner v. New York.
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In this case, Holmes strongly disagreed when the Court struck down a New York law limiting the hours a baker could be made to work. He rejected the Court's social thinking. For him the key question was not whether or not this was right or wrong but rather "the right of a majority to embody their opinions in law. Holmes became even more famous after World War I — 18 because of his opinions regarding the regulation of freedom of speech.
Although his reasoning was not always faultless, he used his superb writing skills to raise a powerful sense of the importance of civil liberties, or freedoms. In Schenck v. United States Holmes upheld the conviction of a man who had encouraged people to resist the draft.
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The draft was a federal law that ordered men to register with the military in case they would be needed in times of war. Holmes's support of this conviction was not because the man ignored federal law, rather that he was a "clear and present danger" to the peace and order of society. In Abrams v. United States Holmes wrote his most passionate defense of free speech.
He argued that only a " free trade in ideas" could guarantee the truth and that defense of freedom of speech is essential. Tall, erect, and handsome in his youth, Holmes had grown into an even more imposing man, with a splendid handlebar moustache and white hair. As an elderly judge, he was surrounded often by admiring younger men and was, by all accounts, a lively figure. In his old age he was increasingly admired by many of those who would lead the next political generation. He left the Supreme Court on January 12, , before it accepted his theories concerning its role in regulating the economy.
The Court would later accept them in the s. Holmes died on March 6, , in Washington, D. His theories and ideas are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, Holmes, Oliver Wendell. The Essential Holmes. Edited by Richard A. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, White, G. New York : Oxford University Press, New York: Oxford University Press, As a jurist and a legal writer, Oliver Wendell Holmes , Jr.
The U. Few men played a more important role in this discourse than Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. His father, Oliver Wendell Holmes, among the leading medical practitioners of his day, was also a writer and wit, famous to readers of the Atlantic Monthly as "the autocrat of the breakfast table.
Aside from the education he received simply by virtue of his family's ties, Holmes's greatest learning experience was his part in the Civil War.
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His participation in many battles resulted in three wounds, of which he was very proud. Thoughout the rest of his life he marked his wounds' anniversaries in letters to various correspondents. Holmes grew up in a world where many accepted beliefs were being challenged, and his response stressed the importance of devoting oneself to a cause even if it was incomprehensible.
In his speech "The Soldier's Faith, " he said: "I do not know what is true. I do not know the meaning of the universe.
But in the midst of doubt, in the collapse of creeds, there is one thing I do not doubt, … and that is that the faith is true and adorable which leads a soldier to throw away his life in obedience to a blindly accepted duty, in a cause which he little understands, in a plan of campaign of which he has no notion, under tactics of which he does not see the use. Furthermore, the war confirmed Holmes's rejection of sentimentality and even humanitarianism.
He regarded all of life as a battle, with victory going to the strongest. When he became a judge, he used this argument to favor judicial acquiescence before majority rule. After leaving the regiment Holmes attended Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar the following year.
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After his first trip to England, he threw himself into his legal career, both as a practitioner and as a scholar. After experience in other firms, he helped found the firm of Shattuck, Holmes and Munroe, where he primarily practiced commercial law. The time that remained after practice he used for scholarly work.
Between and Holmes edited the American Law Review. Furthermore, saw the publication of the twelfth edition of Chancellor James Kent 's classic Commentaries on American Law, which Holmes had brought up to date. Throughout the s Holmes was also researching the questions he would consider in a set of lectures at the Lowell Institute in His book contributed to the awakening interest in the United States in "sociological jurisprudence, " the interrelation between law and other social institutions.
He was promoted to chief justice on Aug. His reputation as a daring thinker grew during his tenure on the court, principally because of several opinions, some dissenting, in which he upheld the right of the state to engage in regulation of the economy and other social issues. When Theodore Roosevelt became president in , he was eager to appoint men to the Supreme Court who would uphold the new laws he himself wanted passed and who would confirm the changing conception of the role of government with which he was identified.
Supreme Court; Holmes took his seat on Dec. He served on the Court until Jan.
He argued vigorously for wide latitude for the states in this and in other areas of social policy. His most famous opinion in the economic sphere is probably Lochner v. New York ; he dissented when the Court struck down a New York law limiting the hours a baker could be made to work. He rejected the Court's social theorizing; for him the key question was not the correctness or incorrectness of economic theories but rather "the right of a majority to embody their opinions in law.
Holmes became even more famous after World War I because of his opinions regarding the regulation of freedom of speech. Though his reasoning was not always impeccable, he used his writing skills probably the greatest of any Supreme Court justice in American history to evoke a powerful sense of the importance of civil liberties. United States he upheld the conviction of a man who had advocated draft resistance, but only after finding him a "clear and present danger" to the peace and order of society.
He later dissented from other convictions of political dissidents whom he did not regard as presenting that threat. United States Holmes wrote his most passionate defense of free speech, arguing that only a " free trade in ideas" could guarantee the attainment of truth. He argued that "we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so immediately threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.
He left the Court before it accepted his theories concerning its role in regulating the economy as it did, indeed, accept them in the s. Holmes had married Fanny Dixwell on June 17, The marriage lasted until her death in ; they had no children.