Biography of Mortimer B. Leggett
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

MORTIMER B. LEGGETT was one of the leaders of the Cleveland bar who earned national fame before he located in this city. He was born at Ithaca, New York, April 19, 1831, his parents being friends or Quakers. Brought as a boy to Ohio, he graduated in medicine at Willoughby in 1844 and in 1846 organized the first system of Union Free schools in the state under what became known throughout the west as the Akron School Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1845, and was a professor in the Ohio Law College for several years, was superintendent of schools at Zanesville, but at the outbreak of the Civil war raised the Seventeenth Ohio Infantry, was appointed its colonel in January, 1862, and advanced through all the officer's grades to the rank of major general. In 1871 he was appointed United States commissioner of patents, and after four years' service in Washington, located at Cleveland, where he was acknowledged as one of the foremost patent lawyers in America.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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