Lyman Trumbull [between 1870 and 1880]

Lyman Trumbull (1813 - 1896) was a United States Senator from Illinois during the American Civil War. Clarence Darrow worked with Lyman Trumbull and S.S. Gregory as associate counsel during Eugene Debs appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Trumbull volunteered his service and refused a fee and only accepted traveling expenses. Trumbull argued the appeal before the Court.

During the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, Trumbull broke party ranks, and was one of only seven Republican senators that voted for acquittal in a courageous act of political suicide. The seven Republican senators were concerned that the proceedings had been manipulated so that only one side of the evidence was presented.

Trumbull was chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 1861-1872. He co-authored the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibited all kinds of slavery in the United States. It was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865. LC-DIG-cwpbh-03888, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division