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John Whitnah Leedy
Birth: Mar. 8, 1849
Bellville
Richland County
Ohio
Death: Mar. 24, 1935
Edmonton
Alberta

Kansas Governor. He received little education due to the early death of his father. He performed menial labor on a farm and in a store. At fourteen he ignored his mother's protest and military rejection and joined a Civil War troop that he served until the end of the war. In 1872 he switched from the Republican party to the Democratic party and switched again when the Populist, or People's, party was formed in 1890. He threw his hat into the political arena in 1892 and was elected to the Kansas State Senate. When the Democrats and the Populists merged he was elected as Kansas governor and sworn in on January 11, 1897. He lost his reelection bid and dropped out of politics for a while. He moved to Valdez, Alaska and served two years as mayor. He became a naturalized citizen of Canada and died there almost penniless. The Kansas Legislature donated $1000 to mark his grave and pay his funeral expenses. (bio by: Tom Todd) 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Keith Leedy (1816 - 1853)
  Margaret Whitnah Leedy (1821 - 1903)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Jane Boyd Leedy (1851 - 1941)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ruth Leedy (1841 - 1851)*
  Elizabeth Leedy Robinson (1843 - 1931)*
  Virginia Leedy Hayes (1845 - 1914)*
  Robert Burns Leedy (1847 - 1918)*
  John Whitnah Leedy (1849 - 1935)
  Henry C. Leedy (1852 - 1935)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Edmonton Municipal Cemetery
Edmonton
Edmonton Census Division
Alberta, Canada
 
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Record added: Apr 03, 2004
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