Clarence Darrow
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1857
Date of Death: 1938
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Atheist
Occupation: Lawyer, Author of Non-Fiction
Professional Affiliations: ACLU
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Center Cannot Hold
Type of Appearance: Direct
Clarence Darrow (April 18, 1857 - March 13, 1938) was a highly successful attorney in the United States in the early 20th century, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Bobby Franks (1924) and defending John T. Scopes, who was accused of illegally teaching the Theory of Evolution in Tennessee public schools, in the Scopes Trial (1925), where William Jennings Bryan was the prosecutor.

Clarence Darrow in Southern VictoryEdit

In 1925, at the behest of Elizabeth Driver, Clarence Darrow traveled to Covington, Kentucky to fight for and ultimately win the release of Cincinnatus Driver who had been entrapped and illegally arrested by Kentucky State Police chief Luther Bliss. Even after Darrow obtained a writ of habeas corpus, Bliss denied knowing Driver until Darrow convinced a judge otherwise. After trading several barbs with Bliss designed to insult Bliss's lack of respect for the rule of law, Darrow left the jail with Driver in tow.

Darrow did this pro bono publico, and refused Driver's offers of payment, assuring Driver that this matter would generate substantial good publicity for Darrow. Darrow advised Driver to stay out of Kentucky altogether. As Driver's parents remained in Kentucky, he could not readily accept this suggestion. Upon hearing this, Darrow pronounced Driver a fool.[1]


  1. The Center Cannot Hold, pgs. 152-155, mmp.