Edgar Lee Masters

In 1897 Clarence Darrow and Edgar Lee Masters met when Masters, a poet and attorney, sent a case to Darrow's firm. In 1898, Darrow offered Masters a position in his firm but Masters turned the offer down because Darrow "'was not in good odor in Chicago.'" Herbert K. Russell, Edgar Lee Masters: A Biography (2001). In 1903, Masters reconsidered Darrow's offer and they formed a law partnership. Shortly thereafter Francis Wilson joined the firm. Darrow and Masters had a stormy relationship, but the partnership lasted until 1911. Photo from "The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent" by John McAuley Palmer (1899).