Samuel Gompers

Samuel Gompers was the first and longest-serving president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Clarence Darrow explained in his autobiography "The Story of My Life" how he came to be involved in the McNamara case:

"Mr. Gompers, with several other members of the executive board of the American Federation of Labor, came to see me and asked me to assume the defense. I urged them to get some one else. Of course I realized that the men should be defended, but I felt that I had done my share of fighting. It was not easy to combat the powerful forces of society in the courts, as I had doing for many years . . . . But the representatives of the Federation of Labor were so urgent that at last I could not refuse. How many times thereafter I wished that I had insisted upon some one younger and stronger and more anxious for the task. But I could not turn back. It seemed destined that I should take that path."

LC-USZ62-19862, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington.