Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894

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Birth 1809-08-29
Death 1894-10-07
Americans
English, French

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American writer and physician.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Beverley Farm, Mass., to Tristram Coffin, 1890 Aug. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269544690

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Tristram Coffin, 1891 Dec. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 642361192

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to [Tristram Coffin], 1891 Nov. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 642361674

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Beverly Farms, Mass., to Tristram Coffin, 1891 July 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 642361066

Physician and author.

From the description of Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes [manuscript] 1837-94. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647943104

American physician, professor, author and poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Edmund Stedman, 1883 Dec. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 593541331

This is Oliver Wendell Holmes the writer, father of the famous jurist of the same name.

From the description of Letters to Rev. William Henry Furness and Horace Howard Furness, 1844-1892. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155883640

American writer.

From the description of Introduction to "The word of promise" : autograph manuscript : [Cambridge, Mass.] : [1886 Feb. 12]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 761715863

American poet and physician.

From the description of Correspondence of and about Oliver Wendell Holmes [manuscript], 1868-1901. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647835941

From the description of Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes [manuscript], 1880 and 1888. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647835950

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841–1935) was an American jurist and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States (1902-1932). Prior to his service as Supreme Court justice, Holmes served as associate justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (1882-1899) and Chief justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (1899-1902). In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt named Holmes to the United States Supreme Court on the recommendation of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge. Holmes has been one of the most widely cited Supreme Court justices in history: the "clear and present danger" test in the decision of the 1919 case of Schenck v. United States, in which the court determined that the Espionage Act did not violate the freedom of speech under the First Amendment, serves as a well-known example. Holmes believed in judicial restraint and respected the validity of legal precedent. He served until he was 90 years old. (Fox; McBride, PBS, 2006). For more information, see: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/capitalism/robes_holmes.html and http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/capitalism/landmark_schenck.html).

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Letters and Photograph (MS 259), 1861-1873, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

Oliver Wendell Holmes was an American humorist and poet who also served as Dean of the Harvard Medical School.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes contracts with Ticknor and Fields, 1858-1900 (inclusive), 1959-1871 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612689822

Essayist, poet, teacher of anatomy.

From the description of Letter : Beverly Farms, Mass., 1889 Aug. 16. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 33973586

Physician, poet and essayist of Boston.

From the description of Papers, 1850-1885, Massachusetts. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 35091920

Holmes was an essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. Aldrich was a poet, novelist and short story writer, and editor of Every Saturday (1865-1874) and The Atlantic Monthly (1881-1890).

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes letters to Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1824-1894. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612787550

Poem written by Holmes, although never claimed by him, composed for a pamphlet printed for the inauguration of Jared Sparks as president of Harvard College, 20 June 1849.

From the description of A scintilla : manuscript, [1849] (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612781693

Holmes, American writer and physician. He was the father of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. by the same name.

From the description of [Letter] 1893 Oct. 17, Boston [to] Miss Stearns / Oliver Wendell Holmes. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 232639468

Homes was an essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy.

From the guide to the Papers, 1745-1916., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Author, physician, educator, and dean of Harvard Medical School.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes papers, 1837-1931. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979867

American man of letters.

From the description of Autograph envelope signed with initials : postmarked Beverly Farms, to Frederick Locker, Esq. in London, [1879] Sept. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269518400

From the description of Letter 1869 Aug. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122445376

From the description of Autograph letter signed : 296 Beacon Street, [Boston], to Elsie Leslie, 1892 Mar. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269520265

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Boston], to the Reverend John Pierpont, 1856 Jan. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269521904

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to an unidentified recipient, 1869 Dec. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269522091

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Boston], to Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1878 Mar. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269521898

Writer and physician, of Cambridge, Mass.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes autograph poem, 1826. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978081

American physician and writer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Cyrus W. Field, [18--] Nov. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 529957939

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to "My dear Sir," [18--] Apr. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 529972299

From the description of Autograph letter signed : 296 Beacon Street [Boston], to an unidentified man, 1888 May 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 759116706

Holmes graduated from Harvard in 1829, taught anatomy and physiology, and served as Dean of the Harvard Medical School.

From the description of General information about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972792

Holmes (Harvard, M.D. 1836) was Parkman Professor of Anatomy at Harvard Medical School from 1847 to 1882, dean of the Medical School from 1847 to 1853, and a noted essayist and poet. A paper on the contagiousness of puerperal fever, presented at an 1843 meeting of the Boston Society for Medical Improvement, was his most famous contribution to medicine. His indictment of physicians for their role in causing and spreading the fever was one of the most controversial treatises of the time.

From the description of Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1843-1888 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 281431739

From the description of Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1838-ca.1900 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 281428192

From the description of Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1838-1890 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 281429762

Holmes was an essayist, poet, lecturer, Dean of the Harvard Medical School, and leader in the Unitarian movement.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes papers, 1855-1893. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 496102714

Holmes was an American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. He received his MD degree from Harvard in 1836 and was a professor of anatomy and physiology (and later Dean) at the Harvard Medical School.

From the description of Additional papers, 1825-1893. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122643198

Oliver Wendell Holmes was an American poet, prose writer, lecturer, physician, and a professor at the Harvard Medical School from 1847-1882.

From the description of Oliver Wendell HolmesCollection of papers, [1833]-1908 bulk 1838-1894. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122579952

Oliver Wendell Holmes was a central figure in 19th century America and a key member of New England society. A doctor, long-time Harvard anatomy professor, medical scholar, and author, Holmes is well-remembered for his poem, Old Ironsides, and his collection of essays, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. His medical essays represented significant contributions to germ theory, and his views on social and political issues were influential. His son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. became a renowned Supreme Court Justice.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes letters, 1871-1877. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 53943023

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes letters, 1878-1886. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55998282

Oliver Wendell Holmes, American physician, teacher of anatomy, and writer.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes manuscript material : 1 item, 1861 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 427651771

Holmes (1809-1894) was an American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. He received an M.D. degree from Harvard in 1836 and practiced medicine for 10 years, then taught anatomy for two years at Dartmouth College. In 1847 he became professor of anatomy and physiology (and later Dean) at the Harvard Medical School.

From the guide to the Additional papers, 1825-1893., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) was an American author and educator and was father to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935). The former is the author of numerous essays on medical, civic, literary, and academic subjects as well as the inventor of the hand stereoscope.

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Manuscript, 1861, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Holmes was an American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. He received an A.B., Harvard College in 1829 and a M.D. degree from Harvard in 1836 and practiced medicine for 10 years, then taught anatomy for two years at Dartmouth College. In 1847 he became professor of anatomy and physiology (and later Dean) at the Harvard Medical School.

From the description of Letters from various correspondents, 1820-1894. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79662007

Holmes was a writer, physician, poet, and educator.

From the description of Letter, 1855. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007344

American essayist, poet, teacher, physician.

From the description of Letter : to Mr. Galloupe [?], [18--]. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122472747

Oliver Wendell Holmes was an American humorist and poet who also served as Dean of Harvard Medical School.

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes contracts with Ticknor and Fields, 1858-1900 (inclusive), 1859-1871 (bulk)., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Holmes was an American essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy. He received an A.B, degree and M.D. degree from Harvard in 1826 and 1836, and practiced medicine for 10 years, then taught anatomy for two years at Dartmouth College. In 1847 he became professor of anatomy and physiology (and later Dean) at the Harvard Medical School.

From the guide to the Letters from various correspondents, 1820-1894., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Holmes was an essayist, poet, and teacher of anatomy.

From the description of Miscellaneous compositions, 1822-1892. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 80830548

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes notebooks and compositions, ca. 1828-1894. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612822513

From the description of Papers, 1745-1916. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468904

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes letters to Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1824-1894., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Miscellaneous letters, 1825-1894., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes letters from various correspondents, 1891-1892., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the description of Letters from various correspondents, 1891-1892. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122556392

From the description of Miscellaneous letters, 1825-1894. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 80617161

American writer and poet.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes letter : 296 Beacon St., to Mr. Bradlee, 1893 Dec. 24. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 70587626

Holmes was an essayist, poet and teacher of anatomy.

From the description of Correspondence and compositions, 1824-1898. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468777

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes correspondence and compositions, 1824-1898., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Oliver Wendell Holmes was an American poet, prose writer, lecturer, physician, and a professor of the Harvard Medical School from 1847-1882.

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes collection of papers, 1833]-1908, 1838-1894, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Oliver Wendell Holmes was a physician and man of letters.

He was born in Cambridge, Mass. in 1809. He received his B.A in 1829 from Harvard University and the M.D., 1836. He was appointed professor of Anatomy at Dartmouth (1838-40) and at Harvard (1847-82). Holmes practiced medicine in Boston and wrote several medical pamphlets. His first volume of poetry was published in Boston, 1836, and followed by more verse, several novels, and various essay series, among them "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table" (1857). He was the father of Supreme Court jurist, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935). Oliver Wendell Holmes died in 1894.

From the description of Oliver Wendell Holmes collection, 1852-1936. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 48380040

American essayist, poet, lecturer, teacher of anatomy, and medical writer. Born in Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 29, 1809; died in Boston, Oct. 7, 1894. Graduated from Harvard College in 1829. Received medical degree from Harvard in 1836, and began practice of medicine in Boston. In 1847, appointed Parkman Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in Harvard Medical School. Major contributor to Atlantic Monthly (established 1857), which included first publication in serial form of some of his best-known works, beginning with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table.

(Cont.) Published voluminously, his printed writings (prose, poetry, and medical) including: Homeopathy, and Its Kindred Delusions; The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever; Poems; The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table; The Professor at the Breakfast-Table; The Poet at the Breakfast-Table; Elsie Venner; The Guardian Angel; The School-Boy; Ralph Waldo Emerson; A Moral Antipathy; John Lothrop Motley; One Hundred Days in Europe; Songs in Many Keys; Songs of Many Seasons; The Iron Gate; Before the Curfew; and many occasional pieces and periodical contributions.

(Cont.) The Boston firm of Ticknor and Fields and its successors published a number of titles by Holmes.

From the description of Dorothy Q. : a family portrait : holograph, 1870 Nov. 28. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 34263738

Scientist, teacher, lecturer, essayist, writer.

Holmes was born August 29, 1809 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1829, he studied at the law school for a year. He gave up law in favor of a career in medicine. He rounded out his training at the Harvard Medical School with 2 years of study in Paris, 1833-1835, where he learned new techniques and approaches in medicine, reflected in two important early papers, "Homeopathy, and Its Kindred Delusions," 1842.

And "The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever," 1843. Holmes took his medical degree at Harvard in 1836. From 1838 to 1840 he served as professor of anatomy at Dartmouth College. In 1840 he married Amelia Lee Jackson and returned to general practice. He was appointed Parkman professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard Medical School in 1847 and served as dean from 1847 to 1853. Holmes remained at Harvard until 1882 and established himself as an excellent lecturer and teacher. He died on October 7, 1894.

From the description of Letters, 1860-1877. (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 50658758

Biographical Note

  • 1809, Aug. 29: Born, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1829: Graduated, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1830: Wrote poem "Old Ironsides," generating interest in the preservation of the Constitution (Ship)
  • 1836: M.D. degree, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass. Published first volume of verse, Poems (Boston: Otis, Broaders and Co.)
  • 1839 - 1840 : Professor of anatomy and physiology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
  • 1840: Married Amelia Lee Jackson
  • 1843: Read and published medical paper, Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever (republished in 1936, [Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins])
  • 1847 - 1853 : Dean, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1847 - 1882 : Professor of anatomy and physiology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass.; professor emeritus, 1882-1894
  • 1857: Helped establish the Atlantic Monthly
  • 1858: Published The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co.)
  • 1894, Oct. 7: Died, Boston, Mass.

From the guide to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Papers, 1837-1931, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Robert Morton Hughes, an alumnus of the College of William and Mary, attended the University of Virginia Law School. He was the son of Robert William and Eliza M. (Johnston) Hughes. He practiced law in Norfolk, Virginia. Hughes was the president of the Virginia Bar Association; biographer of Joseph Eggleston Johnston; a member of the Virginia Board of Education; and served as a member and as rector of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary.

  • 1855: Born, in Abingdon, Virginia,the son of Robert William and Eliza M. [Johnston] Hughes
  • 1870 - 1873 : Attended College of William and Mary,A.B.
  • 1877: M.A., University of Virginia
  • 1877: Began law practice in Norfolk
  • 1879: Married Mattie Smithof Williamsburg(two sons)
  • 1893 - 1918 : Member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary,served as Rector
  • 1895: President, Virginia Bar Association
  • 1930 - 1935 : Member, Virginia State Board of Education
  • 1940: Died in Norfolk, Virginia

From the guide to the Robert Morton Hughes Papers, 1715-1933., (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)

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