The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection
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Clarence Darrow Signature

Clarence Darrow - Biography

Clarence Darrow was born before the Civil War and he lived long enough to denounce Hitler. He became a lawyer in 1879 and was still defending clients in 1936. His life and legal career spanned some of the most important and transformative events in the history of the United States. Darrow himself participated in many of the important legal and social conflicts during his nearly six decades practicing law. For an overview of Clarence Darrow's life and legal career please see this timeline:

Timeline of Darrow's LifeAdobe Acrobat PDF (in pdf format)


Short video of an interview of Clarence Darrow about his beliefs on the causes of crime. Circa 1931.

Clarence Darrow and his only child Paul.

Portrait of Clarence Darrow's father (Amirus Darrow), Clarence Darrow's son (Paul Darrow), and Clarence Darrow.
AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Darrow Collection

Clarence and Paul Darrow.

Clarence Darrow circa 1902.

1902 ad for Resist Not Evil by Clarence S. Darrow.

Mr. Clarence S. Darrow Will Speak on April 30, 1906.

Clarence Darrow circa 1908.

Clarence Darrow circa 1912.

Clarence Darrow in 1915. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-hec-06038

Pessimism: A Lecture by Clarence Darrow held January 11th, 1920.

Clarence Darrow and Professor Frederick Starr debate on March 28, 1920: Is Life Worth Living?

Clarence Darrow circa 1920s.

Clarence Darrow and Professor Shirley Jackson Case debate on January 30, 1921: Has Religion Ceased to Function?

Ad for Clarence Darrow's book Crime: Its Cause and Treatment published in 1922.

Clarence S. Darrow c. 1922.
Clarence Darrow at about age 65. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-11819.

Ad for pamphlet containing Clarence Darrow's appeal for mercy in Leopold and Loeb case in 1924.

Clarence Darrow at the Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C. March 14, 1925.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-npcc-26881

Clarence Darrow.

In Memory of Mr. Clarence Darrow. Cover from the funeral book from a memorial service held for Clarence Darrow in Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago on March 15, 1938.