Commission of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1902

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    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. United States Supreme Court Commission, 1902

    Signed by President Roosevelt, this commission officially nominated Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    George F. Hoar to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1902

    This telegram from Mass. Senator Hoar says the Senate unanimously confirmed Holmes’ U.S. Supreme Court nomination.

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    Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. by P. Litchfield, 1902

    Photograph showing Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. the year he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
United States Supreme Court Commission, 1902
Diplomas, honorary degrees, citations and awards of persons affiliated with Harvard Law School: Box 2

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Among the most distinguished of Harvard Law School’s alumni, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (LL.B. 1866) studied at the Law School from 1864-1866, after serving as a lieutenant in the Civil War. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1867 and went on to practice law with several firms, lecture at Harvard, and in 1882 was appointed the Weld Professor of Law at HLS. Holmes left HLS soon after, however, to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, becoming the court’s chief justice in 1899. Holmes was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, where he served until his retirement in 1932.

A large collection of Holmes archival material is available online as part of the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Digital Suite