Smith W. Brookhart
Mar, 1924
Smith Wildman Brookhart (1869 - 1944) served as a U.S. Senator for Iowa from 1922 to 1926 and from 1927 to 1933. Brookhart was a staunch defender of Prohibition.
In March 1930 Clarence and Ruby Darrow returned from Europe after a nine month trip abroad. They stopped on the East Coast and Darrow participated in several debates. On March 19 Darrow debated Brookhart on the topic of Prohibition. The debate took place in the Mecca Temple in New York. The audience was overwhelmingly "wet" and Brookhart was subjected to many boos and heckling from the crowd. Earlier in the afternoon Darrow and Brookhart held an informal debate at the Hotel Belmont during a photography session.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-npcc-10686