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Walter J. Leavenworth

WALTER J. LEAVENWORTH, WALLINGFORD: Treasurer R. Wallace & Sons Manufacturing Company.

Colonel Leavenworth is a native of the town of Roxbury, Conn. He was born February 20, 1845. Since finishing his education at the public schools of Wallingford, to which place the family removed in 1853, he has followed manufacturing, having started out as entry clerk with Hall, Elton & Co. of that place, in 1862. He afterwards became secretary of the corporation, retaining the position until 1877, when he was elected treasurer and general manager of the R. Wallace & Sons Manufacturing Company. From his first connection in this official capacity with the company, its business has trebled and is still increasing rapidly. He has been called by his fellow-citizens to occupy various public positions, including that of burgess of the borough of Wallingford for four years, chairman of the board of water commissioners for the same period, and he is now president of the Wallingford board of trade. Additionally to his business relations above specified, he is the president and a director of the Wallingford Gas Light Company, director in the First National Bank, and has membership with the Arcanum Club of Wallingford, and the Quinnipiac Club, and Republican League of New Haven. His religious connections are with the First Congregational church, and his political faith is that of the republican party. Colonel Leavenworth has a military record covering nearly twenty years. 

He enlisted as a private in Company K, Second Regiment, Connecticut National Guard, September 15, 1871; was appointed first sergeant on the 19th of the same month, and promoted successively to second lieutenant, December 14, 1871; to first lieutenant, August 25, 1873; and to captain, January 29, 1874; resigning January 27, 1877. He was again appointed to the captaincy of the same company, November 11, 1880, and again resigned June 16, 1882. July 26, 1882, he was elected lieutenant-colonel of the Second Regiment; and on the 16th of February, 1885, was promoted to be its colonel. This position he retained for several years, resigning from the command on the 22d of June, 1889. He was esteemed as an efficient officer and a strict disciplinarian.

Colonel Leavenworth was married to Miss Nettie A. Wallace of Wallingford, daughter of Robert Wallace, Esq., and they have had four children, three of whom are now living. It may be said that he has, during his business career, identified himself prominently with every proper interest of his town, in the line of public improvements; and has earned the reputation which attaches to him, of being an honorable and useful citizen.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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