• Autograph of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. -- First Dean of Harvard Medical School

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    OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR. was a leading citizen of 19th century Boston as a doctor, speaker and author.  He graduated from Harvard in 1829 and first came into prominence in 1830 when his patriotic poem “OLD IRONSIDES” helped prevent the scrapping of the historic battleship “U.S.S. CONSTITUTION.”

    Holmes studied medicine in Paris and later returned to Harvard to earn his M.D. in 1836. At the early age of 33, he became the first dean of Harvard Medical School and from 1847 until 1882, he was a popular professor of physiology and anatomy.

    In 1858, he helped found the “Atlantic Monthly,” and for many years wrote the magazine’s popular feature, “The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.”   Holmes also wrote a popular biography of his Boston contemporary, Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Holmes’ son, Oliver, Jr., was a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1902-1932.

    Holmes favored education for Blacks but was not an abolitionist. He felt that the abolitionist movement had gone too far and used inflammatory rhetoric that endangered the stability of the nation.

    Very nice autograph with the sentiment “Yours truly Oliver Wendell Holmes  Boston Oct. 7th, 1875.”   Comes with a nice engraving of Holmes.

    Light show-through, but otherwise in excellent condition.

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