Born: Au­gust 29, 1809, Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts.

Died: Oc­to­ber 7, 1894, Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts.

Buried: Mount Au­burn Cem­e­te­ry, Wa­ter­town, Mass­a­chus­etts.

Son of Congregational minister Abiel Holmes, Oliver taught ana­to­my and phys­i­ol­o­gy at Har­vard Med­i­cal School, where he even­tu­al­ly be­came dean. How­ev­er, he is per­haps best rem­em­bered as an au­thor, and as fa­ther of Amer­i­can Su­preme Court Jus­tice Ol­i­ver Wen­dell Holmes, Jr. In ad­di­tion, with James Rus­sell Low­ell, he helped found The At­lan­tic Month­ly mag­a­zine in 1857. Holmes’ works in­clude:



  1. Father of Mercies, Heavenly Friend
  2. Land Where the Banners Wave Last in the Sun
  3. Lord of All Be­ing
  4. Lord, Thou Hast Led Us as of Old
  5. O Father, While Our Hearts Unlearn
  6. O Lord of Hosts, Al­mighty King
  7. O Love Divine, That Stooped to Share
  8. Our Father, While Our Hearts Unlearn
  9. Thou Gracious Power