John J. McNamara, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers

John "J.J." McNamara and his brother Jim were markedly different personalities. J.J. was by far the most accomplished and charismatic. He had risked his life as an iron worker and worked his way up the union hierarchy until he was elected secretary-treasurer at age 28. He then went to night school and earned a law degree from the Indiana School of Law. J.J. was also devoutly Catholic. Jim McNamara was nearly everything his older brother was not, "an anemic, chain-smoking, ne'er-do-well" who hated church, but "loved liquor and gambling, and spent most of his time with married women and prostitutes." Geoffrey Cowan, The People v. Clarence Darrow 79 (1993).