Birthday wishes go out today to Ephraim Tutt, born July 4, 1869, in Leeds, Vermont. Tutt's birthday--on Independence Day--fit him well, as Tutt dedicated his life to representing people who were caught in legal traps from which escape seemed impossible. He strove to seek justice by unconventional methods that kept his fans and foes at the edge of their seats to see just how Tutt would prevail in seemingly helpless cases.
In Tutt's own words, he was born “a natural rebel,” as he spent his life rebelling against “privilege, despotism, and the perversion of the law to selfish ends.” Just as the nation celebrates its successful fight for its independence, a salute should also go out to Ephraim Tutt, for his lifelong rebellion against injustice.
Happy birthday Tutt!