The business career of Raleigh S. Leist has been marked by continuous progress, each advancement being won at
the cost of earnest, persevering effort, and as secretary and manager of the Peoples Savings Association he now
occupies a position of prominence in financial circles of Toledo. He was born in Henry county, Ohio, January 18,
1867, a son of Levy and Harriet (Moore) Leist, both of whom were natives of Fairfield county. this state. They
afterward removed to Henry county, where the father engaged in agricultural pursuits until his demise, which occurred
in 1893. The mother passed away in 1902. In their family were six children, four of whom survive: Isa, a resident
of Lakewood, Ohio; Mrs. Cordelia Russell, whose home is at Ansley, Nebraska; David, of Liberty Center, Ohio; and
Raleigh S. Leist acquired his early education in the district schools of Henry county, later becoming a student
at the Fayette Normal School at Fayette, Ohio, and he afterward completed a course in the Davis Business College
of Toledo. On the 1st of May, 1890, he entered the employ of the Peoples Savings Association in a clerical capacity
and as his experience and ability increased he was promoted to positions of greater importance and responsibility,
at length becoming secretary and manager. For thirty two years he has been identified with the Association and
there is no phase of the business with which he is not thoroughly familiar. He is an able financier and has labored
effectively to broaden the scope of the institution which he represents.
At Liberty Center, Ohio, on the 25th of June, 1891, Mr. Leist was married to Miss Nellie M. Wright, a daughter
of John A. and Katherine I. Wright, residing on one of the well developed farms of Henry county, this state. Fidelity
to duty is one of Mr. Leist's outstanding characteristics and his history is proof of the fact that industry and
ability will always come to the front.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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