Biography of Rev. Joseph F. Leonard
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Leonard, Rev. Joseph F., was born in Albany in 1846. His father, Thomas Leon­ard, came to the United States in 1834 and settled in Troy. Four years later he moved to Albany, where for many years he was an official in the postoffice and was alderman in the old First ward in 1854. He died in 1875. His mother, Mary (Dowd) Leonard, was born in Ireland, and died in 1886. He received his philosophical and theological education in St. Joseph's Provincial Seminary in Troy and was ordained to the priesthood June 3, 1871, by Bishop McQuaid of Rochester, N. Y., and located in Albany, and for thirteen years was pastor of St. Mary's church in Sandy Hill, Washington county, N. Y., and was appointed to St. Francis church, Troy, March 1, 1887, to succeed Father Charles Reilly, who died January, 1887. Father Leonard has been active and energetic in the work to which he dedicated his life. By bis genial and pleasing manners he has won the esteem and respect of all classes, whether within or outside of the church. He is a graceful and pleasing speaker and one who carries conviction to his hearers.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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