The Guard Clement Darrah Politics Collection includes family papers, documents and articles about San Joaquin County politics
and business, and books collected by Darrah, a noted attorney and political figure in San Joaquin County during the middle
of the twentieth century.
Guard Clement Darrah (1895-1987) was born in Lodi, California. In 1914, he graduated from Stockton High School. During the
First World War, he served in France with the American Expeditionary Force. Returning home, he entered Stanford University,
which awarded him bachelors and law degrees in 1920 and 1922, respectively. For the next four years, Darrah practiced law
in Stockton and in 1926 was elected district attorney of San Joaquin County. A Democrat, Darrah also held a post on the San
Joaquin County Planning Commission and ran unsuccessful campaigns to become judge on the California Superior Court (1938)
and to serve in the California State Assembly (1960). Darrah married Lois Bertha Stroup (1899-1991), another San Joaquin County
native, in 1922.