Clarence Darrow Biography

Journalist, Lawyer (1857–1938)
Clarence Darrow was a lawyer who worked as defense counsel in many dramatic criminal trials. He was also a public speaker, debater, and miscellaneous writer.


Lawyer Clarence Darrow moved to Chicago in 1887 and attempted to free the anarchists charged in the Haymarket Riot. In 1894 he defended Eugene V. Debs, arrested on a federal charge arising from the Pullman Strike. He also secured the acquittal of labor leader William D. Haywood for assassination charges, saved Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold from the death penalty, and defended John T. Scopes.

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