Biography of Leander McBride
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

LEANDER MCBRIDE, influential in business affairs of broad scope and importance, known for his generous support of charitable and philanthropic work and service, and loyal and liberal as a citizen, was a prominent figure in the City of Cleveland for many years prior to his death, April 20, 1909.

Mr. McBride was born at Lowellville, Ohio, December 18, 1837, a son of Samuel H. and Phoebe (Harris) McBride. After attending Westminster College at Wilmington, Ohio, in which he was graduated at the age of twenty years, Mr. McBride, in 1857, established his residence in Cleveland. Here he found employment in the mercantile establishment of Morgan, Root & Company, and four years later he was admitted to the firm. The business was incorporated in 1894, as the Root & McBride Company, and Mr. McBride became president of the company, which built up a very substantial and prosperous business one of the largest of its kind in Ohio. Mr. McBride likewise became president of the Cleveland Hardware Company, was a director of the Cleveland Telephone Company, was one of the organizers and original directors of the Union National Bank, and was vice president of this institution at the time of his death. He held membership in leading clubs of his home city, for a time held membership in the Cleveland Grays, was a staunch republican, and he served as a member of the first board of alderman of Cleveland. Lakeside Hospital was established largely through his efforts, and he was a trustee of the same, as was he also of the Jones Home and of Calvary Presbyterian Church. His support of charities; benevolencies and philanthropies was ever earnest and liberal, and he lived a righteous and useful life that was guided by the highest of ideals and principles.

In 1863 Mr. McBride wedded Miss Harriet E. Wright, likewise a native of Ohio, and they long were honored figures in the representative social life of the Ohio metropolis.

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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