CLARENCE DARROW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/25/1923 - HFSID 84388
Sale Price $1,912.50
Clarence Darrow sends an autograph letter that he is sorry to hear that the recipient bought the book he intended to send.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Clarence Darrow", 1p, 8x10. Chicago,  September 25. To Mrs. Mary Bell Sloan, Bloomington, Ill. In part: "Sorry you bought the book had intended sending it to you. I am glad you liked it so well. Mrs. D. has been with me at Rock Island...As to coming down if they should happen to wish me to speak then I will come. Not that I am anxious to talk but I have refused a chance in Bloomington and then of course when I am duked up I go." Lightly soiled. Lightly shaded at folds. Shading touches signature. Slightly creased. With original envelope addressed by Darrow, postmarked Chicago, September 25, 1923. Worn, lightly soiled. Shaded edges. Nicked with nailhead-size nick at lower edge and 1½-inch vertical tear. Attorney Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), who specialized in corporate law, shot to fame in 1894, when he defended American Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs, President of the American Railroad Union, arrested on a federal contempt of court charge arising from a strike at the Chicago Pullman Palace Car Company. Although Darrow lost the case, he won a national reputation as a champion of radical causes. A brilliant orator and a master of reforming the law, framing pleas and eliciting evidence, he became one of America's most renowned defense lawyers, and he used his position to campaign against capital punishment. In his sixties, Darrow successfully defended Leopold and Loeb (1924) in getting life imprisonment instead of death for kidnapping and killing a 13-year-old boy. In 1925, he defended John T. Scopes, accused of violating a Tennessee law by teaching evolution, in the "Scopes Monkey Trial". Darrow's autobiography, The Story of My Life, was published in 1932. Two items.
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