Biographical sketch, James Leonard, p. 265. Born 1843 in Youngstown, Ohio, reared in Pennsylvania, moved to Kansas and then Texas in 1872 and settled in Denison. Elected on the National Greenback and Labor ticket.
Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
Census of 1880 - James Leonard, Denison, Grayson County, Texas, age 36, born circa 1844 in Pennsylvania, real estate agent, wife Sallie, daughter Maggie.
Census of 1910 - James Leonard, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, age 60, born circa 1850 in Pennsylvania, real estate, wife Elizabeth M.
Col. James Leonard, birth date 5/1/1844, death date 10/8/1911, burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. Born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania; pioneer real estate man; served in Union Army in a Pennsylvania regiment, and was captured by the Confederate Army; survived by widow Mrs. Elizabeth Leonard and one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Ferguson, according to reprint of obituary.
Find a Grave.
Election results, Col. James Leonard, greenback candidate for Representative, Denison Daily News, 11/6/1878, p. 4, crediting Grayson County Frontier Village.
Moved to Colorado in April 1880. "With the departure of the Honorable James Leonard, for Colorado, the greenback party will lose one of its most able champions in this section of the State . . . Colonel James Leonard and wife are stopping at the Nelson House." Denison Daily News, 4/15/1880, p. 4, crediting Grayson County Frontier Village.
James Leonard, died in Denver at age 70, "one of the pioneers of Denison. He located here in 1872, before the town was incorporated . . . He went to Colorado in 1880." Real estate business. Obituary, The Sunday Gazetteer (Denison, Texas), 10/22/1911, p. 4, crediting Grayson County Frontier Village.
Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). April 15, 1880October 22, 1911
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