When did people begin to think of Holmes as a larger-than-life person?
Holmes was not a particularly noted or revered Supreme Court Justice until he was about 80 and had been on the court for more than 15 years. Then a circle of talented young men, including the future Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, attached themselves to Holmes and initiated what amounted to a public relations campaign. This campaign created a mythic Holmes. But I certainly don t deny that much of Holmes reputation is deserved. He was brilliant, wrote much memorable prose and got the two most important constitutional issues of his time right when most of the court got them wrong: freedom of expression and the permissibility of social welfare legislation. How did Holmes life affect his legal and ethical philosophies? Prior to the Civil War, Holmes was an abolitionist and participated in anti-slavery meetings. He dropped out of college at the outset of the war to enlist, fought for three years, was wounded three times and almost died. His letters describe hideous battlefront expe
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