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Known as The Great Dissenter because of his unconventional opinions, he served for 30 years on the Supreme Court. Who was he? Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., born this day, March 8, 1841. A Union soldier during the Civil War, he went on to become a Harvard Law School professor. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served to a more advanced age than other justice. On his 90th birthday, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., replied to a reporter: “Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God.”

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