Clarence S. Darrow was born on April 18, 1857. Clarence
was born in Kingsman, Ohio, near Youngstown.
Darrow studied law for a year at the University of Michigan, and began
practicing law in Ohio in the early 1880's. He also attended Allegheny College
in Pennsylvania. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1878 and was there for 9
years. In 1887 he moved to Chicago and worked as an attorney for the city of
Darrow became active as a defense attorney for labor unions and served in the
Illinois House of Representatives from 1903-1905. He started to specialize in
criminal cases. He was nearly 70 years old when he tried his two most
spectacular cases. In 1924, he defended Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., and Richard A.
Loeb. In 1925, he helped attract widespread attention to the Scopes trial in
Dayton, Tennessee. He was a social reformer.
Clarence Darrow was the most famous American lawyer of the early 1900's. His
goal was to keep youth from receiving the death sentence, which he strongly
opposed. He was a popular lecturer and debater, publish a number of books,
including his autobiography and a novel. He was a trial attorney in about 50
murder cases; not 1 client suffered capital punishment. He died in Chicago on
March 13, 1938.
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