Ben Margolis

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Ben Margolis (April 23, 1910 – January 27, 1999) was an American attorney.[1] He is best known for defending the Hollywood Ten and the Sleepy Lagoon murder suspects and for helping to draft the United Nations Charter.[2]

He testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) on September 30, 1952, and refused to answer questions or name names. He told the committee that he had "no intention of becoming one of your stool pigeons," and he told them that they had "terrorized ... the people of the United States."[3]

He also commissioned a noteworthy home by architects Gregory Ain and James Garrott in 1951.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Ben Margolis Dies; Defense Lawyer in 'Hollywood 10' Case". Los Angeles Times. February 6, 1999. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Law and Social Conscience, Ben Margolis". University of California, Special Collections. 1984. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities (1952), Communist activities among professional groups in the Los Angeles area. Hearings, 3, U.S. Govt. Print. Off. 
  4. ^ Denzer, Anthony (2008). Gregory Ain: The Modern Home as Social Commentary. Rizzoli Publications. ISBN 0-8478-3062-4. 
  5. ^ Goldin, Greg (August 18, 2011), "Ben Margolis and Gregory Ain: A meeting of radical minds", Los Angeles Times 

Additional Sources[edit]

  • University of California, Special Collections (1984). "Law and Social Conscience, Ben Margolis". Interview with Margolis conducted by Michael S. Balter. Available online.
  • 1946 photo of Ben Margolis at Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection