CLARENCE DARROW - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 05/1936 - HFSID 300052
Sale Price $2,337.50
9x12¼ paper stock image of the famed lawyer, inscribed in fountain pen
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Clarence Darrow/to Columbia Tow'p High School/May 1936". B/w, 9x12¼. Attorney Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), originally a specialist 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 unpopular 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. A fictionalized version of this trial, with Darrow represented by "Henry Drummond," is presented in Jerome Lawrence's play Inherit the Wind (1955), remade as a film several times. Slightly worn. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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