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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice


Who was Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.?

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He is said to be one of the most widely cited U.S. Supreme Court justices and The Journal of Legal Studies claims he is the third most cited American legal scholar of the 20th century. He retired from the court at the age of 90 as the oldest member of the court in its history.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was the son of American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. He was a veteran of the Civil War having been wounded in three separate battles. During his career, Holmes also served as an Associate Justice and as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was an alumni of Harvard Law School and later held the professorial position of Weld Professor of Law at the school.

Famous Kin

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. has a very extensive New England ancestry which gives him a very large number of famous kin. His father, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was a well known American poet. Other well known poets in his family tree include Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The latter two were also friends of his father. He also has family ties to the infamous Salem Witch Trials. This includes John Proctor, executed as a witch in 1692, and William Stoughton, chief judge and prosecutor at the trials.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s ancestry can be traced backed as far as King Edward I and at least five Magna Carta Surities. Other royal connections include the late Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, Leka I, King of Albania, and Ferdinand II, King of Spain. Presidential kin include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, William Henry Harrison, Chester Arthur, William H. Taft, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and both Presidents Bush.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

15th cousin 2 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

7th cousin
via Gov. Thomas Dudley

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Walter Blount

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

15th cousin 3 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund FitzAlan

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

21st cousin
via William Longespee

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

21st cousin
via Henry de Audley

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Rev. William Wilson

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Lytton Strachey

Author and Co-Founder of Bloomsbury Group

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Roger le Bigod

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Lewis Carroll

Author of Alice in Wonderland

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Roger le Bigod

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E. M. Forster

English Novelist

21st cousin
via Sir Roger le Bigod

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

21st cousin
via Sir Roger le Bigod

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 4 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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Thomas Oliver

(c1580 - 1657/8)
William & Francis passenger 1632

5th great-grandfather

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Catherine Parr

6th Wife of King Henry VIII

12th cousin 9 times removed
via Henry I, Duke of Brabant

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