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Clarence Seward Darrow (1857 - 1938)  

Lawyer, social reformer, author; born in Kinsman, Ohio. Admitted to the bar in 1878, he began as a small-town Ohio lawyer, but moved to Chicago in 1887. Political involvement with reform-minded Democrats led to a successful civil practice, then to two decades of labor law, ending in 1913. He gained a national reputation defending Eugene V. Debs and other railway union leaders in connection with the 1894 Pullman strike. Later came sensational criminal cases that displayed his eminence as a defense lawyer, especially the Loeb-Leopold kidnap, murder, and ransom case (1924) and the Scopes anti-evolution "monkey trial" (1925) in which he argued against William Jennings Bryan (this is the case celebrated in Jerome Lawrence's play, Inherit the Wind). He opposed capital punishment and was a popular public speaker on religious, social, political, scientific, and literary issues. One of his law partners (1903-11) was the poet Edgar Lee Masters. His many books include Crime: Its Cause and Treatment (1922).

la première moitié de notre vie est gâchée par nos parents et la seconde par nos enfants
quand j\'étais un petit garçon on m\'a dit que quiconque pouvait devenir Président des États Unis. Maintenant je commence à le croire