Clarence King and Ada Copeland. The Trial.


No, this is not Franz Kafka.  That’s a different trial.  In 1933, Ada Copeland Todd King, sued her deceased husband, Clarence King‘s executors.

Her allegation was her husband had a large estate and it was being kept from her.  She

I wont go over the entire trial here, but the upshot was, Judge Shientag ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.    For thirty-three years, Clarence King’s good friend John Hay, then his daughter, were paying Ada off.  There was no estate.  Clarence King died broke and any money he had at the end was from loans.  They were paying Ada off to prevent scandal, which there would have been in that era.  Can you judge them in our Twenty-first century terms?

Clarence King kept saying he wanted the races to mix.  His friends could have dealt with a fling with a Polynesian woman in Hawaii.  Not an African-American domestic, born in Georgia, living in New York’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

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English: Image of , the first director of . Deutsch: Bild von Clarence King. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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