John W. Leedy
Politician, governor. Populist. Born: March 8, 1849, Richland County, Ohio. Died: March 24, 1935. Served as 14th Governor of Kansas: January 11, 1897, to January 9, 1899.
A native of Ohio, John Whitnah Leedy was one of a very few real farmers among the leaders of the People's Party. He served a single term as governor (1897-1899) and then left Kansas and eventually moved to Canada where he died at age 86 in 1935.
Entry: Leedy, John W.
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Date Created: June 2011
Date Modified: March 2016
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