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Clarence Seward Darrow

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Darrow, Clarence Seward (1857–1938), U.S. lawyer, defense attorney, renowned for his opposition to capital punishment and his championing of underdogs. He left a prosperous corporate practice in 1894 to defend the Socialist leader Eugene Debs and won acclaim in 1925 for his defense of John Scopes, indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.

See also: Creationism; Scopes trial.

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