Julien Davies Cornell: Gentle Quaker, Determined Litigator

In December 1994, the New York Times published an obituary titled “Julien Cornell, 83, The Defense Lawyer in Ezra Pound Case.” Julien Davies Cornell, actually age 84, a member of Cornwall (N.Y.) Meeting, had died of cancer earlier that month in Goshen, New York. While it is true that Julien will be remembered widely for defending the notorious poet who was accused of treason during World War II, his legal efforts on behalf of conscientious objectors deserves far greater recognition. He remains one of the unsung heroes of the U.S. peace movement. During World🔒

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Charles F. Howlett is assistant professor of graduate education at Malloy College on Long Island, N.Y. He is the editor of the book The American Peace Movement, 1890-2000: The Emergence of a New Scholarly Discipline.

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