Ulysses Grant “Lys” Leedy

Ulysses Grant “Lys” Leedy

Birth
West Independence, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Death 7 Jan 1931 (aged 63)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 33009903 · View Source
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UG Leedy owned the largest drum manufacturing plant in the world-- located at Palmer & Barth Streets in Indianapolis, Indiana.

UG Leedy & Family
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis
Section 59, Lot 108
- on east side of section 59, large Leedy
family marker

The Leedy Drums Company was started by Ulysses Grant Leedy in 1898. In the 1890's U.G. Leedy started his career as a percussionist in Indianapolis, but his personal desire for better instruments led him to start making his own. With encouragement from friends and colleagues, Leedy launched a small business from his apartment, manufacturing snare drum stands, and later also snare drums. Leedy is credited with inventing the adjustable snare drum stand. Before Leedy introduced the stand, snare drums were routinely put on chairs or hung on slings.

The Leedy Drums Company quickly met with much success, built a factory, and expanded its product line to include drum heads and various orchestral percussion instruments and accessories. Leedy also began selling its products wholesale to stores across the nation. As the Ludwig brothers started their drum company in 1909, they first became Chicago agents for Leedy drums.

In the 1920s Leedy realized the need for full-time sales management, and employed George Way who had been running his own drum company in Canada. In addition to being a salesman, George Way also had an engineering background. He conceived and introduced many innovations into Leedy drums that changed the industry forever. Some of his contributions include the double flanged hoop, the floating drum head, and the self-aligning lug.

In the late 1920s, U.G. Leedy's health began to fail and he sold Leedy Drums to the GC Conn Manufacturing Co. of Elkhart, Indiana in 1929.


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  • Created by: David Shinn
  • Added: 17 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33009903
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ulysses Grant “Lys” Leedy (6 Nov 1867–7 Jan 1931), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33009903, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by David Shinn (contributor 47089562) .