By G. Edward White
An influential justice who refused to bow to politics and dedicated his willing brain to the U.S. perfect court docket till the age of ninety, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) helped formulate the most revolutionary judicial concept in 20th-century American historical past. G. Edward White first sketches Holmes's early years-his early life in Boston, undergraduate years at Harvard, and his valiant carrier within the Civil struggle, within which he was once seriously wounded thrice. After the warfare, Holmes went into inner most legislation perform, wrote his landmark treatise The universal Law in 1881, had a quick tenure at the Harvard legislations university college, and spent two decades as a pass judgement on at the splendid Judicial courtroom of Massachusetts sooner than being named to the U.S. ideally suited courtroom. the writer specializes in his outstanding 30-year carrier as a best courtroom Justice, starting in 1902, and info Holmes's most important cases--Abrams v. United States, Northern Securities Co. v. United States, Lochner v. New York, Schenck v. United States, and others--which restricted operating hours, set a compulsory minimal salary, safe women's rights, legalized exertions unions, and outlined freedom of speech.
OXFORD PORTRAITS are informative and insightful biographies of humans whose lives formed their occasions and proceed to persuade ours. according to the newest scholarship, they draw seriously on basic resources, together with writings via and approximately their matters. each one e-book is illustrated with a wealth of photos, files, and memorabilia, framing the character and achievements of its topic opposed to the backdrop of history.
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