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John Osborne Sargent


Lawyer, journalist, author

"SARGENT, John Osborne, lawyer, b. Gloucester, Mass., 1811; d. New York, N.Y. 1891. Brother of Epes Sargent. Graduating from Harvard in 1830, he studied law and was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1833. In 1841, after several years of journalism as well, he became a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. During his practice in Washington he was one of the managers of 'The Republic.' Mr. Sargent edited some of the English poets, with biographies. It was his purpose to make translations of all the Odes of Horace; and though he did not live to complete his work, his 'Horatian Echoes,' 1893, issued posthumously, with an introduction by O.W. Holmes, contains the majority of the Odes"

[Edmund Clarence Stedman (ed.), An American Anthology 1787-1899 820 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900)]




John Osborne Sargent, Horatian Echoes: Translation of the Odes of Horace (New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1893) [online text]


John Osborne Sargent, The Rule in Minot's Case again as restated with variations by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1871) [online text]

_________________, Common Sense versus Judicial Legislation being the review of a law recently enacted by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1871) [online text]

_________________, A Third Chapter on the Rule in Minot's Case (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1874)

_________________, Chapters for the Times (Lee, Massachusetts: Office of the Valley gleamer, 1884-1885) [online text]

A Layman, The Rights and Wrongs of Helpless Stockholders and of a Helpless Corporation (New York: Evening Post Job Printing Off., 1887) [online text]

Research Resources

John O. Sargent Papers
Massachusetts Historical Society

Microfilm of Correspondence, a diary, and miscellany
Harvard University
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Wyoming