James M. Beck
Aug, 1922
James M. Beck (1861 - 1936) was a highly regarded lawyer and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Beck was a member of the Republican Party and served as U.S. Solicitor General (1921 - 1925) and U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania (1927 - 1934). In March 1931 Clarence Darrow participated as defense counsel in a mock trial of Benedict Arnold. Beck played the prosecutor. A group of eminent men and women were enlisted as a "radio jury" and listened to the trial over the radio and rendered a guilty verdict by telegraph. The trial was produced by the National Dairy Products Corporation and was broadcast over numerous radio stations on March 22nd and 29th. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-npcc-06923