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 Clarence Seward Darrow
Darrow circa 1922
Full Name: Clarence Seward Darrow
Born: April 18, 1857 in Kinsman Township, Trumbull County, Ohio
Died: March 13, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois

Clarence Darrow studied law attended law school for just one year before being admitted to the Ohio bar in 1878. He moved to Chicago in 1887 and immediately took part in attempts to free the anarchists charged with murder in the Haymarket Riot (May 4, 1886).

Ironically, Darrow became a corporate attorney, though he later switched sides to become a leading labor attorney (and a prominent member of the American Civil Liberties Union) before turning to criminal law.

Among political activists, Darrow is respected for his defense of prominent socialist Eugene V. Debs (1894). However, he’s even better known for defending John T. Scopes in the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial (1925), which pitted Darrow against noted orator and statesman William Jennings Bryan. Respected for his wit, Darrow has been called a “sophisticated country lawyer.”