Clarence Darrow

1857 - 1938

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Clarence Seward Darrow (; April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer who became famous in the early 20th century for his involvement in the Leopold and Loeb murder trial and the Scopes "Monkey" Trial. He was a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a prominent advocate for Georgist economic reform. Called a "sophisticated country lawyer", Darrow's wit and eloquence made him one of the most prominent attorneys and civil libertarians in the nation. He defended high-profile clients in many famous trials of the early 20th century, including teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924); teacher John T. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Clarence Darrow has received more than 1,550,847 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Clarence Darrow is the 45th most popular lawyer (down from 37th in 2019), the 5,291st most popular biography from United States (down from 4,833rd in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Lawyer.

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Among lawyers, Clarence Darrow ranks 45 out of 67Before him are Cino da Pistoia, Adrian Năstase, Henry de Bracton, Johann Kaspar Bluntschli, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., and William Rehnquist. After him are Navi Pillay, Louis Brandeis, Michael Cohen, Louise Arbour, George Hadley, and Wendell Willkie.

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Among people born in 1857, Clarence Darrow ranks 94Before him are Milton S. Hershey, Friedrich von Ingenohl, Gabriela Zapolska, Gustave Lanson, Constantin Coandă, and Christian Wilhelm Allers. After him are Aleksei Evert, Ernst Trygger, E. A. Wallis Budge, Anita Augspurg, Otto Stapf, and Theodor Curtius. Among people deceased in 1938, Clarence Darrow ranks 135Before him are Millosh Gjergj Nikolla, Manuel García-Prieto, 1st Marquess of Alhucemas, Aleksandar Malinov, André Blondel, Al Ernest Garcia, and Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen. After him are Víctor Morales, Nikolai Gikalo, Aleksander Kakowski, Miguel Fleta, Gustav Heinrich Johann Apollon Tammann, and Yevgeny Polivanov.

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Among people born in United States, Clarence Darrow ranks 5,291 out of 15,968Before him are Marsha Mason (1942), Billy Crudup (1968), Judith Light (1949), Rob Marshall (1960), Andy Griffith (1926), and Mykelti Williamson (1960). After him are John Ashton (1948), Debbie Allen (1950), Elizabeth Strout (1956), Steven Holl (1947), Chester Himes (1909), and Little Walter (1930).

Among LAWYERS In United States

Among lawyers born in United States, Clarence Darrow ranks 9Before him are Warren Christopher (1925), Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Roy Cohn (1927), Alan Dershowitz (1938), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841), and William Rehnquist (1924). After him are Louis Brandeis (1856), Michael Cohen (1966), Wendell Willkie (1892), Lawrence Lessig (1961), Christopher A. Wray (1966), and Ken Starr (1946).