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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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Charlie Baker

72nd Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Abraham Newell

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Charlie Baker

72nd Governor of Massachusetts

12th cousin 4 times removed
via John Denton

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Horace Austin

6th Governor of Minnesota

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Samuel Lothrop

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 4 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Robert de Ferrers

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

12th cousin 4 times removed
via Margaret Stanley

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Dodge

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Willard Rockwell

Founder, Rockwell International

5th cousin 2 times removed
via Samuel Lothrop

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Thomas Bradbury

(c1610/11 - 1694/5)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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George Washington

1st U.S. President

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Meriwether Lewis

Lewis and Clark Expedition

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Harriet Martineau

Author of The Hour and the Man

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Henry Sturgis Morgan

Co-Founder of Morgan Stanley

20th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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J.P. Morgan, Jr.

American Banker and Philanthropist

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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General George S. Patton

U.S. Army - World War II

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Lizzie Borden

Accused Murderess

20th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

11th cousin 9 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Francis Scott Key

Author of “The Star Spangled Banner”

20th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Grover Cleveland

22nd and 24th U.S. President

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Samuel Prescott

Completed Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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General Douglas MacArthur

U.S. Army - World War II

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Joseph Bolles

(c1608 - 1678)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

American Poet

20th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Thomas Nelson

Signer of the Declaration of Independence

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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