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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Learned Hand shared a number of characteristics. Both well-known judges, they had uncommonly long careers on the bench and in old age attained a remarkable degree of public prominence. It is not too much to say that the legal profession idolized them both, and certain of their opinions remain staples of law school teaching. Both men even looked the part: Holmes' dramatic moustache and Hand's bushy eyebrows lent credence to the adjective "distinguished." 1 Now they both are the subjects of monumental biographies.