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The Justice from Beacon Hill: The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes e-book

Author:

Liva Baker

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English

Category:

Law

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1410 kb

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Rating:

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Publisher:

Harpercollins; 1st edition (June 1, 1991)

Pages:

783

ISBN:

0060166290

The Justice from Beacon Hill: The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes e-book

by Liva Baker


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was widely regarded as one of the nation's leading legal intellectuals during his time, and nearly 100 . This biography tells the story of Holmes' life and describes the milieu he lived in in thorough fashion.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was widely regarded as one of the nation's leading legal intellectuals during his time, and nearly 100 years after Holmes retired from the United States Supreme Court he remains one of the nation's most revered judges.

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The Justice from Beacon Hill: The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes. The importance of family and friends to . Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. is apparent in this very readable biography of his life in and out of the courtroom. The first general biography on Holmes since Silas Bent's Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Biography (Vanguard, 1932; AMS P. 1969. and Catherine Drinker Bowen's Yankee From Olympus (. this covers his early life, his action in the Civil War, law school and his early career, nearly 20 years as justice and then chief justice of the Supreme Court of.

Surveys the life and work of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and describes his influence as the champion of the .

Surveys the life and work of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and describes his influence as the champion of the idea that the law should be flexible enough to adapt to the changes of society. Nonetheless, Baker demonstrates that Holmes made enduring contributions to American legal thought during this period, first as a Harvard professor and author of the classic The Common Law, and later as a Massachusetts judge.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes (/hoʊmz/; August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston

Oliver Wendell Holmes (/hoʊmz/; August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, he was acclaimed by his peers as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He was also an important medical reformer

The Justice From Beacon Hill: The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Holmes-Pollock Letters: The Correspondence o[ Mr. Justice Holmes and Sir Frederick Pollock 1874-1932. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991. Bannister, Robert C. Social Darwinism: Science and Myth in Anglo-American Social Thought. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1942. Cambridge, MA; The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1957. International Congress of Eugenics.

The Justice From Beacon Hill The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes By Liva Baker Illustrated. Oliver Wendell Holmes was named to the Supreme Court by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 and he retired a few months short of his 92d birthday in 1932, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President. His public career (if one begins counting from his service in the Massachusetts 20th Volunteers during the Civil War) covers major chapters of the American story.

Surveys the life and work of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and describes his influence as the champion of the idea that the law should be flexible enough to adapt to the changes of society
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There is a legend about Oliver Wendell Holmes that Liva Baker refers to many times. What Baker does in this excellent biography is to fill in what the legend actually is about, independent of the mythology, and to explain how in so many ways Holmes does not fit the legend. The man who stood up for civil liberties so many times also voted several times against what we now consider basic rights for the powerless and dispossessed. Certain qualities Holmes had from his Boston Brahmin childhood carried through into adulthood and only in his last 25 years on the bench did he get beyond some of those traits that prevented him from seeing what life was like for those who were not privileged. It was never about “justice” for Holmes; it was always about the “law.” But the “law” became more encompassing as he aged. Baker does a great job of showing the development of Holmes’s character and how his ideas about the law affected his decisions throughout his life.

The book is entertaining and smoothly written. Chapter divisions and transitions are easy to follow and Baker’s organization of the mass of material in Holmes’s life is first-rate. Her description of his Civil War years is as good as any Civil War biography out there. The effect of those years can be traced through the rest of his life. His marriage from 1872-1929 is covered in detail along with his romance with Lady Clare Castleton. But the book always comes back to Holmes’s work with the law. Baker spells out Holmes’s important cases and most significant rulings, especially his dissents, and she is able to take dry legal material and make it interesting for the reader. There are no places in this book that a reader has to slog through.

This is an engaging biography by an author who cares very much about her subject, flaws and all. It also gives the reader a good sense of what the Supreme Court was like in the first third of the 20th century. Definitely a worthwhile reading experience.
Hbr
Liva Baker's book contains a comprehensive discussion of the many decisions that made Oliver Wendell Holmes a significant
figure among "the Supremes." Hers is a superlative biography, the detailed content differing greatly from Catherine Drinker
Bowen's 1944 work YANKEE FROM OLYMPUS, a treatment that could be called sentimental.
To give a fair idea of the man's disposition and temperament without getting bogged down ina mass of detail, it seems
appropriate to select key passages from his correspondence and quotes from Baker's text.

"It is revolting to have no better reason for a law than that so that it was laid down in the time of Henry IV. It is still
more revolting if the grounds upon which it was laid down have vanished long since, and the rule simply persists
from blind imitation of the past."
"Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cock-sure of many things that were not so."
"I have considered the present tendencies and desires of society and have tried to realize that its different portions want
different things, and that my business was to express not my personal wish, but the resultant, so nearly as I could guess, of the pressure of the past and the conflicting wills of the present.".
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Beahelm
Ms. Baker has succeeded in developing not only a view of Justice Holmes, a free thinker and a freer spirit, but also a profile of the era or, perhaps, of several eras. Justice Holmes' life crossed a number of turning points in American jurisprudence. On the academic side, Holmes took part in sea changes in the approach taken to legal teaching and legal scholarship. On the historical side, Justice Holmes witnessed and took part in events that had a marked impact on the rule and role of law in the United States -- the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Industrialization and aggressive business practices at the turn of the last Century, World War I and the Red Scare, the Roaring Twenties and the onset of the Great Depression.
The work provides insight into the workings of the 19th century court system, the decline in influence of the Boston aristocracy and the rise of a social conscience among the judiciary. On the whole, this is an enjoyable read for history buffs, social analysts, lawyers and those who tolerate them.
Quinthy
I've always been intrigued by OWH and wanted to learn more about the man behind the SCOTUS opinions. The subject isn't terribly warm and fuzzy, but his life story is very interesting. For those of us who practice, seeing what motivated him to write the opinions he wrote was worthwhile. His life certainly was full. It may be a little dry for non-lawyers, but I found this book to be very informative.

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