William Ellery Channing Leonard

Male25 January 1876–2 May 1944

Brief Life History of William Ellery Channing

When William Ellery Channing Leonard was born on 25 January 1876, in Plainfield, Union, New Jersey, United States, his father, William James Leonard, was 38 and his mother, Martha Whitcomb, was 25. He married Grace B Golden in 1935. He died on 2 May 1944, in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States.

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William Ellery Channing Leonard
1876–1944
Grace B Golden
1909–1995
Marriage: 1935

Sources (6)

  • William E Leonard in household of J C Freeman, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Ellery Channing Leonard, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"
  • William Ellery Leonard, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1935
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)

    1879

    Age 3

    Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 5

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    1894

    Age 18

    Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.

    Name Meaning

    English; French (Léonard); Walloon (mainly Léonard): from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements leo ‘lion’ (a late addition to the vocabulary of ancient Germanic name elements, taken from Latin) + hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’, which was taken to England by the Normans. A Christian saint of this name, who is supposed to have lived in the 6th century, but about whom nothing is known except for a largely fictional life dating from half a millennium later, was popular throughout Europe in the early Middle Ages and was regarded as the patron of peasants and horses. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Italian Leonardo , Polish, Slovenian, etc. Lenart or Lenard , and probably also their derivatives. Compare Larned , Learned , and Yenor .

    Irish (Fermanagh): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhionáin or of Langan .

    German: variant of Leonhard , cognate with 1 above.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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