LEVERETT M. LEACH, DURHAM: Investment Securities.
Mr. Leach was born in Madison, Conn., in 1822, a lineal "son of the Revolution," his grandfather on his
mother's side having been a soldier in the revolutionary army, who enlisted at the age of sixteen, served throughout
the war, was in the line and witnessed the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown. In 1835 he removed with
his parents to Durham, where his father, Leverett W. Leach, established an extensive country store, and where he
has ever since resided. He was educated at the public and select schools of his native and adopted town, until
about eighteen years of age. He was then employed as clerk in his father s store until he reached his majority.
In 1843 he became a partner in the business, under the firm name of L. W. Leach & Son, and continued as such
until the death of his father in 1866. In 1855 his only brother, Oscar Leach, was admitted a partner, and since
the decease of his father and until the year 1882, has been the senior partner in the business, thereafter conducted
under the name of L. M. & O. Leach; thus having been for forty three years in active mercantile life, as clerk
or principal. In 1844 he married Lydia M. Thayer, who, with one daughter, the wife of Charles E. Bacon of Middletown,
is now living. He was a representative in the somewhat memorable legislature of 1849, when Joseph Trumbull, the
last of the famous governors of that name, was chosen governor by the general assembly, the " free soilers
" holding the balance of power in the house of representatives. He was also a representative in the legislature
of 1860 and the special session called by Governor Buckingham in December of that year. He was elected senator
from the "old " 18th senatorial district in 1862. Was postmaster from 1849 to '53. He has held various
town offices and was for ten or twelve years first selectman, justice of the peace, etc. He has been a director
in the First National Bank of Middletown for a number of years and a trustee of the Middletown Savings Bank since
1864. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics is connected with the republican party, with
a large reserve of independence. He is not at present engaged in any active business enterprise, but generally
occupied in such business of a public or private character as a large and extensive acquaintance with his townsmen
and the surrounding community brings to him, besides being the local agent of several of the largest and soundest
investment companies of this and other states.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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