Biography of Louis C. Greenleaf


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Greenleaf, Louis C., was born in Lafargeville, November 23, 1840. He received his education in the common schools of his native town and in the Lafargeville Academy. After teaching one year he served a year as assistant in the county clerk's office in Watertown and soon after the breaking out of the war in 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company A, 35th N. Y. Volunteers, and served two years until the regiment was mustered out. He was wounded at Antietam and again at Fredericksburg and came out of the service as orderly sergeant. After working about a year and a half in the provost marshal's office in Watertown he accepted the position of discount clerk in the Jefferson County National Bank which he held two years and followed it with four years as teller and assistant cashier in the Merchant's Bank. On the first of March, 1872, Mr. Greenleaf associated himself with Charles W. Sloat in the lumber business, which they continued with marked success until 1893; on that date the business was merged in a stock company with the title of the Sloat & Greenleaf Company. This organization is still in existence and doing a large business. Mr. Greenleaf is a Republican and has been active and prominent in local politics. His party has recognized his services by giving him a number of public positions. He held the office of city treasurer for two years and subsequently was county treasurer six years; was supervisor of the Second ward several years and was alderman of his ward one year. Mr. Greenleaf is prominent in Masonry and has held several distinguished offices in that order. On September 8, 1868, he married Lorra C. Shaffer and they have two children living.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898