Pollitt, Daniel H.


Daniel H. Pollitt is a civil liberties lawyer and law professor. Pollitt was born in 1921, the son of World War I veteran and lawyer Basil Hubbard Pollitt and Mima Riddiford Pollitt. After serving in World War II, Pollitt earned a law degree at Cornell University in 1949. Following his graduation, he worked for the law firm MacFarland and Sellers for one year, where he helped represent that National Association of Manufacturers. In 1950, Pollitt went to clerk for Judge Henry Edgerton at the United States Court of Appeals, hoping to establish credentials appropriate for the pursuit of a career in legal education. After his clerkship, Pollett went to work with Joseph Rauh, head of the Americans for Democratic Action, and spent the next several years defending liberals accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) of having communist ties. In the mid-1950s, Pollett became a professor at the University of Arkansas at which time he joined the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and also became involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAAPC). In the late 1950s, he became a law professor at the University of North Carolina.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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