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Gen Leonard Wright Colby
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Birth: Aug. 5, 1846
Cherry Valley
Ashtabula County
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1924
Beatrice
Gage County
Nebraska, USA

Was the man who brought the National Guard to Beatrice, Nebraska. He was the General who attended to the wounded at the Battle of Wounded Knee. He adopted a Lakota indian girl that was a survivor of that battle. He also bought the two Arabian stallions, Leopard and Linden Tree to Beatrice, Nebraska. The two stallions were given to General U.S. Grant by the Sultan of Turkey in 1878. The breeding of these horses that General Colby did produced a new breed of horse, the Colorado Ranger Bred.

General Colby died of cancer. He was treated at the Mayo Clinic with surgery but passed away a few months after. His grand home that he shared with Dorothy in their early marriage is no longer standing. Although the house that he lived in at the time of his death and where his widow, Marie, lived until her death, still stands. 1005 N. 7th St., Beatrice, NE.

General Colby, soldier, lawyer, was born in Cherry Valley, Ohio. He graduated in the regular, classical and law courses of the university of Wisconsin. He has served two terms in the state senate of the Nebraska legislature; has been assistant attorney of the United States; and is acknowledged to be one of the ablest lawyers in the western states. He served in the war of the rebellion, had command of a company in the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian war in 1863, commanded a battalion in the Indian campaign of 1876-78; was colonel in command of the regular and state troops during the strike in Omaha in 1882, and was brigadier-general in command of the Nebraska military forces in the Sioux Indian war in the winter of 1890-91. He has served in the infantry, cavalry and artillery, and in every military capacity from private to brigadier-general. He has been three years captain, six years colonel, and nine years brigadier-general.

General Colby married Clara Dororthy Bewick on June 23, 1871 in Madison, Wisconsin. Clara would become famous as known for fighting for wonmen's rights during the womens sufferage movement. After being seperated for 10 years, the couple divorced on March 30, 1906. Clara died September 7, 1916 in California. She is buried in Wisconsin with her family.

On June 4, 1906 General Colby married Marie "Maud" Miller in Beatrice, Nebraska. Maud was Geneal Colby's mistress for years and they had a child together, before their marriage. After General Colby's death, Maud would visit the cemetery often and sit and talk to the General. Her bench is still there. Maud is buried next to General Colby and Maud's parents are buried right to the east of them. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Clara Dorothy Bewick Colby (1846 - 1916)
  Marie H. Miller Colby (1875 - 1942)
 
 Children:
  Clarence Chilton Colby (____ - 1923)*
  Zintkala Nuni Lost Bird (1890 - 1919)*
  Paul Livingston Colby (1892 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Home Cemetery
Beatrice
Gage County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Block 34
 
Created by: Amy Jedlicka
Record added: Sep 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30175137
Gen Leonard Wright Colby
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Gen Leonard Wright Colby
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Gen Leonard Wright Colby
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