Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: October 07, 1894 (85)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Abiel Holmes and Sarah Holmes
Husband of Amelia Lee Holmes
Father of Hon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Amelia Jackson Sargent and Edward Jackson Holmes, Sr.
Brother of John Holmes; Mary Jackson Parsons; Ann Susan Upham and Sarah Lathrop Holmes

Occupation: Poet
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About Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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Wikipedia Biographical Summary -

"...Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he is considered a member of the Fireside Poets. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He is recognized as an important medical reformer..."

"...Holmes was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1809. His birthplace, a house just north of Harvard Yard, was said to have been the place where the Battle of Bunker Hill was planned. He was the first son of Abiel Holmes (1763–1837), minister of the First Congregational Church and avid historian, and Sarah Wendell, Abiel's second wife. Sarah was the daughter of a wealthy family, and Holmes was named for his maternal grandfather, a judge. The first Wendell, Evert Jansen, left Holland in 1640 and settled in Albany, New York. Also through his mother, Holmes was descended from Massachusetts Governor Simon Bradstreet and his wife, Anne Bradstreet (daughter of Thomas Dudley), the first published American poet..."

"...Holmes's father sent him to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, at the age of 15..."

"...One teacher in particular, however, noted his young student's talent for poetry, and suggested that he pursue it. Shortly after his sixteenth birthday, Holmes was accepted by Harvard College..."

"...Following graduation, Holmes intended to go into the legal profession, so he lived at home and studied at the Dane Law School..."

"...In September of that same year, Holmes read a short article in the Boston Daily Advertiser about the renowned 18th century frigate USS Constitution, which was to be dismantled by the Navy.[25] Holmes was moved to write "Old Ironsides" in opposition of the ship's scrapping. The patriotic poem was published in the Advertiser the very next day and was soon printed by papers in New York, Philadelphia and Washington. It not only brought the author immediate national attention, but the three-stanza poem also generated enough public sentiment that the historic ship was preserved..."

"...Having given up on the study of law, Holmes switched to medicine. After leaving his childhood home in Cambridge during the autumn of 1830, he moved into a boardinghouse in Boston to attend the city's medical college..."

"...In 1833, Holmes traveled to Paris to further his medical studies. Recent and radical reorganization of the city's hospital system had made medical training there highly advanced for the time. At twenty-three years old, Holmes was one of the first Americans trained in the new "clinical" method being advanced at the famed École de Médecine..."

"...Holmes was awarded his M.D. from Harvard in 1836; he wrote his dissertation on acute pericarditis..."

"...On June 15, 1840, Holmes married Amelia Lee Jackson at King's Chapel in Boston. She was the daughter of the Hon. Charles Jackson, formerly Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the niece of James Jackson, the physician with whom Holmes had studied.Judge Jackson gave the couple a house at 8 Montgomery Place, which would be their home for eighteen years. They had three children: Civil War officer and American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841–1935), Amelia Jackson Holmes (1843–1889), and Edward Jackson Holmes (1846–1884)...."

"...Holmes died quietly after falling asleep in the afternoon of Sunday, October 7, 1894. As his son Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., wrote, "His death was as peaceful as one could wish for those one loves. He simply ceased to breathe." Holmes's memorial service was held at King's Chapel and overseen by Edward Everett Hale. Holmes was buried alongside his wife in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts..."

  • 'Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 July 2011, 00:22 UTC, Wikipedia, accessed 25 August 2011.
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Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.'s Timeline

August 29, 1809
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
March 8, 1841
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 20, 1843
Boston, Suffolk, MA
October 17, 1846
Suffolk,, Boston, Suffolk County, MA, United States
October 7, 1894
Age 85
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States