Howe, Mark de Wolfe, 1906-1967

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Birth 1906
Death 1967

Biographical notes:

Law professor, author. LL. B. Harv. Law School, 1933. Secretary for Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1933-1934. Practiced law in Boston, 1933-1937. Prof. of law, U. of Buffalo Law School, 1941-1945; prof of law, Harv. U., 1945-1967. Editor: Holmes-Pollock Letters; Touched with Fire; Holmes-Laski Letters; Occasional Speeches of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Author: Constitutional Law (casebook, with others); Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Vol. I, The Shaping Years, 1841-1870 (1957), Vol. II, The Proving Years, 1870-1882 (1963); Cases on Church and State in the United States (1950, 1952).

From the description of Papers, 1933-1967. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 236047300

  • May 22, 1906: b. Boston, Massachusetts. s. Mark Antony De Wolfe and Fanny Huntington Howe.
  • 1928: A.B. Harvard College
  • 1933: LL.B. Harvard Law School
  • February 19, 1935: m. Mary Manning; children: Susan, Fanny, Helen
  • 1933 to 1934: Secretary to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 1933: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar
  • 1933 to 1937: Practiced in Boston with Hill, Barlow, Goodale and Wiswall
  • 1937 - 1945 : Professor of Law, University of Buffalo School of Law
  • 1941 - 1945 : Dean of the University of Buffalo School of Law
  • 1945 - 1967 : Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1966 - 1967 : Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, (appointed, December 1965)
  • February 28, 1967: d. Cambridge, Massachusetts


Holmes-Pollock Letters, 2 volumes, 1941. Touched With Fire.1946. Readings in American Legal History.1949. Holmes-Laski Letters, 2 volumes. 1953. The Occasional Speeches of Oliver Wendell Holmes.1962. The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes.1963.


Cases on Church and State in the United States.1950, 1952. Constitutional Law;cases and other problems with Paul A. Freund, Arthur E. Sutherland, Ernest J. Brown. 1954, 1967. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Shaping Years, 1841-1870.1957. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Proving Years, 1870-1882.1963. The Garden and the Wilderness: Religion and Government in American Constitutional History.1965. Civil Rights, The Constitution and the Courts,by Archibald Cox, Mark De Wolfe Howe, and J.R. Wiggins. 1967.

From the guide to the Papers, 1933-1967, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)


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