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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 7 Oct 1894 (aged 85)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Lime Avenue, Lot 2147
Memorial ID 493 · View Source
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Poet, Author, Physician. Holmes began his long career at Harvard University. He thought about studying law, but changed his mind and became a physician instead. He studied medicine both at Harvard and in Europe eventually working as a general practitioner. In time he was offered the chair of anatomy and physiology at Dartmouth then later at Harvard where he also served as dean of the medical school. In addition to his passion for medicine Holmes was also a lover of the written word composing dozens of poems, humorous essays on life and living, biographies of two of his fellow writers, and three novels. His most famous poem was the classic “Old Ironsides” which was used as part of the protest against the destruction of the USS Constitution and would help to give the ship a half-century more of existence. One of his better known works was the “Breakfast Table” series of collected essays, a fictional account of the discussions taking place around the breakfast table in a Boston Boarding house. Perhaps Holmes’ greatest achievement was that he would practice these careers concurrently for nearly forty-seven years. His contemporaries recognized Holmes as a true patriot with a deep respect for the American people and the American way of life. He was the father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Oliver Wendell Holmes (29 Aug 1809–7 Oct 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 493, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .