Friday, March 9, 2012

"Young Man!"

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., graduated from Harvard, enlisted in the Army against his father's wishes, and was injured three times, including a gunshot wound to the chest at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, October 1861.

Holmes, Jr., edited the American Law Review, was a Harvard Law professor, and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

In 1902, Theodore Roosevelt appointed Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Known as "The Great Dissenter" for of his unconventional opinions advocating broad freedom of speech, he served over 30 years, to a more advanced age than any other Justice.

Holmes replied to a reporter on his 90th birthday, MARCH 8, 1931:

"Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God."

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