Philander Eleazer Leonard
(30 Oct 1838 - 01 Apr 19151)
-As transcribed from the "COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE UPPER LAKES REGION"
by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, IL, 1905
pages 422 - 423
Philander Eleazer Leonard, county clerk of Washburn county, has been a
resident of Shell Lake since 1882. His birth occurred in Savoy,
Berkshire Co., Mass., Oct. 30, 1838, his parents being Eleazer Carey
and Delanie (Cornell) Leonard.
Grandfather Carey Leonard was probably of English descent, though
little is known of his life or ancestry. Eleazer Carey Leonard
was born in Worthington, Mass., in early manhood was a farmer in
Berkshire county, that State, and about 1840 moved to New Lebanon,
Columbia Co., N. Y., where he passed the remainder of his life, dying
at the age of eighty. For many years he was superintendent of the
Tilden Company, manufacturers of proprietary medicines. Mrs.
Delanie (Cornell) Leonard passed away some years before her
husband. Her father, James Cornell, was a brother of Ezra
Cornell, founder of Cornell College. Of the six sons of Eleazer
Carey and Delanie (Cornell) Leonard three are living, as follows:
Philander Eleazer, mentioned below; Henry D., of Watertown, N. Y., and
Charles R., of New York City, traveling representative of a commercial
house. Another son, Hiram, grew to manhood and died in New
Lebanon, New York.
The early education of Philander Eleazer Leonard was obtained in the
public schools and a select school in New Lebanon, where he prepared
for college, which he never entered, however, owing to ill
health. He taught school in New Lebanon for some time, and then
kept a store there for fourteen years, serving as postmaster for twelve
years of that time. In 1877 he went to Minnesota, studied law at
Hastings, with L. VanSlyck, and was admitted to the Bar. In the
spring of 1882 he located at Shell lake, entering the employ of the
Shell Lake Lumber Co., of whose store he had charge for four
years. He was elected district attorney int he fall of 1886, and
was several times re-elected, serving until 1892, when he was elected
tot he office of county clerk, in which position he is now filling his
fifth term. He has always been a Republican, his first vote
having been cast for Lincoln in 1860.
In 1868 Mr. Leonard married Mary J. James, who was born in Stephentown,
Rensselaer Co., N. Y., daughter of Amos C. and Laura D. (Coleman)
James, of Forestport, N. Y. Mrs. Leonard was educated in New York
City, where she taught school several years before her marriage.
Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard, namely:
Albert Philander, of South bend, Wash., county auditor of Pacific
county, that State; and Lucy Agnes, who was educated in the public
schools, and in the State Normal School at River Falls, Wis., now a
public school teacher in Shell Lake. Mr. Leonard is a member of
Dakota Lodge, No. 7, A. F. & A. M., of Hastings, Minn. He is
highly regarded by every one, and has made many friends during the
score of years he has resided in Washburn county.
1 - Editorial Note - Mr. Leonard's death
date was derived from the Washburn Co. Register of Deeds Death Index.
The death record is on file at the Register of Deeds Office in Shell
Lake, in Volume 6, page 267. He was buried in the Shell Lake Memorial Cemetery.
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