Biography of Dr. J. R. McLeod
Hancock County, OH Biographies

J. R. McLEOD, M. D., Benton Ridge, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, July 27, 1883, son of John and Elizabeth (Cole) McLeod, the former a native of Philadelphia, of Scotch and English extraction, and the latter a native of Ohio; they reared a family of eleven children, J. R. being the eldest. Our subject came to this county in 1834 with his father, and they settled in Amanda Township, where the Doctor's maternal grandfather, Mr. Cole, entered land. Our subject was reared on the farm, acquired his education in this county and at Delaware College in this State; he then began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Williamson and commenced the practice of medicine in Clinton, Ill., in 1857; in 1861 he turned his attention to the study of law and in 1863 graduated in the law school of the Cincinnati College, and was admitted to the bar. He practiced law until 1876, when his health failed and his physicians gave him up, telling him that his disease would prove fatal in less than twelve months. Our subject now resumed the study of medicine, making his own ease a specialty; he regained his health and graduated in medicine in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1877. In 1880 the Doctor came to Benton Ridge, and has been engaged in the practice of medicine since. He was united in marriage, in 1862, with Mary E. Howard. daughter of Capt. Samuel Howard, who was several times treasurer of this county, served in the war of the Rebellion and held a commission as captain of volunteers; he is a resident of Findlay, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Dr. McLeod are parents of the following named children: Charles D., Samuel H. and Bessie Belle. Mrs. McLeod and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of the I. O. O. F. and of the Northwestern Ohio Medical Association, also of the Hancock Medical Association. The Doctor resided in Shelby County, Mo., for several years after the war. and in 1870 was elected president of the county court of that county, serving for six years. During the war of the Rebellion he was a non commissioned officer in the One Hundred and Sixty first Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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