Marvin Hughitt

Marvin Hughitt was president of the Chicago & North Western Railway when Clarence Darrow began working in the railway's legal department. According to most accounts, in 1894 Clarence Darrow resigned his position as general counsel for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway after meeting with Hughitt. Darrow told Hughitt that he had to resign so he could help defend Eugene Debs and other union leaders. But this mythical account originated with Irving Stone's biography "Clarence Darrow for the Defense." Later accounts explain that Darrow actually resigned in 1893 after William Goudy, general counsel for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, died in April 1893. Photo is from 37 Illustrated World, 199 (1922).