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Kinsman in Trumbull County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Darrow Octagon House / Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
1. Darrow Octagon House Marker
Inscription.  Side A
Darrow Octagon House
This eight-sided house reflects a widespread pre-Civil War architectural fad. Promoted by phrenologist Orson S. Fowler in his 1848 book A Home for All as a way to "bring comfortable homes within the reach of the poorer classes," the octagon made efficient use of interior space and natural ventilation. More than thirty octagonal houses are known to have been built in Ohio, and at least twenty-five survive. This example was built circa 1854 and purchased by cabinetmaker Amirus Darrow in 1864. The exterior walls are constructed of chestnut beams between layers of concrete. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Side B
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)
One of the most prominent trial lawyers of the 20th century, Clarence Darrow was born in nearby Farmdale in 1857 and lived here from 1864 to about 1873. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1878. After practicing in Ashtabula County for several years, he moved to Chicago in 1887 and first established a national reputation by defending labor leader Eugene Debs in a case stemming from the Pullman
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
2. Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) Marker
Strike of 1894. Darrow consistently championed the powerless and was steadfastly opposed to the death penalty. His most prominent cases, coming late in his career, were Illinois v. Leopold and Loeb, a sensational 1924 capital murder trial; and Tennessee v. Scopes, the famous 1925 "monkey trial" that first tested the legality of teaching the theory of evolution in public schools. Darrow died in Chicago in 1938.
 
Erected 2000 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Western Reserve Bicentennaal Commision, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-78.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 26.986′ N, 80° 35.06′ W. Marker is in Kinsman, Ohio, in Trumbull County. Marker is on Main Street (Ohio Route 7) 0.1 miles north of Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kinsman OH 44428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kinsman (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gustavus Center Historic District (approx. 4.3 miles away); Pennsylvania (was approx. 5 miles away in Pennsylvania but has been reported missing. );
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
3. Darrow Octagon House Marker
Upon This Tablet (approx. 7.3 miles away); Jamestown Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away in Pennsylvania); Pymatuning Wetlands / Pymatuning Reservoir (approx. 9.6 miles away); a different marker also named Pennsylvania (approx. 10.2 miles away in Pennsylvania); Fowler Township / Fowler Historic District (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Clarence Darrow. (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Clarence Darrow. Famous Trials (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Clarence Darrow at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
4. Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) Marker
Darrow Octagon House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
5. Darrow Octagon House
Clarence Darrow image. Click for full size.
Photo by Herzog, Rockford, Illinois (courtesy of the Library of Congress), 1922
6. Clarence Darrow
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on August 11, 2018.
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