Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow

Born: April 18, 1857

Died: March 13, 1938

Nationality: American

Occupation: Lawyer

Biography: Clarence Seward Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert Bobby Franks and defending John T. Scopes in the Scopes Monkey Trial, in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan.

Source/Notes: As quoted in Foundations of Democracy: A Series of Debates (1939) by Thomas Vernor Smith and Robert Alphonso Taft, p. 10
Source/Notes: The Sign (May 1938) This has been misquoted as: The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it.
Source/Notes: As quoted in "Peter's Quotations: Ideas For Our Time" (1977), edited by Laurence J. Peter, p. 248

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Source/Notes: Closing Arguments: Clarence Darrow on Religion, Law, and Society (2005 edition), Ohio University Press - ISBN: 9780821416327
Source/Notes: As quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do by Peter McWilliams, from 2000 Years of Disbelief (1996) edited by James A Haught p. 817

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