Biography of Henry T. Leonard
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Leonard, Henry Taber, for seventeen years city clerk of New Bedford, was the son of the celebrated oil merchant, Samuel Leonard, and Hannah Taber, his wife. He was born in South Yarmouth, Mass., on the 17th of August, 1818, was educated in the public schools of his native village and at the Friends' Boarding School in Providence, R. I., and afterward became a clerk in Seth Akin's grocery store. He subsequently entered into business with his father, and later went to New York as a partner in the firm of Witherell, Sprague & Co., oil and iron merchants, who were connected with Samuel Leonard and Lazell, Perkins & Co., of New Bedford. Mr. Leonard finally withdrew from this concern, returned to New Bedford and engaged in the lumber trade with Augustus A. Greene, under the firm name of Leonard & Greene. He made a number of business changes, being several times in the oil business with his father and brother Samuel as partner or bookkeeper, engaging with his father in manufacturing at Siincook, N. H., going to California in 1849, conducting a lumber yard in Charlestown, and reengaging in the oil business in New Bedford as head of the firm of Leonard, Sturtevant & Co. ; upon the dissolution of this partnership he returned to the office of his father. On the death of Sanford S. Horton in 1862 he was elected clerk of the city of New Bedford, which office he filled until his death on July 18, 1879. His intelligence, unblemished character, faithfulness to duty, geniality, and quiet manliness secured for him universal esteem and continued reelections as city clerk during violent political changes. He also served one year as a member of the School Committee. Mr. Leonard was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, a man of unswerving religious convictions and strict conscientiousness, and was without an enemy. In 1841 he married Deborah Allen Butler, daughter of Daniel Butler of New Bedford. They had four sons and two daughters who grew to maturity. Upon the death of Mr. Leonard, his eldest son, Daniel B. Leonard, was elected his successor as city clerk, which office he has uninterruptedly held to the present time.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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