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1879
 

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  LEONARD CASE.  The name of Leonard Case will long be held in grateful remembrance in the city of Cleveland, to the early prosperity of which he was an active contributor, and for the benefit of which so much of the property he acquired has lately been devoted through the generosity of his son bearing the same name.  He was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on the 20th of July, 1784.  In the year 1800 he accompanied his father to Trumbull county, Ohio, where the latter located on a farm near Warren.  Young Leonard was then sixteen years of age, and as the eldest son, assumed, in the invalid condition of his father, the chief management of affairs on the farm.
     A very severe illness left the youth a cripple in 1801, and seeing, therefore, that his days as a farmer were over, he turned his attention to educating himself as a surveyor.  By the aid of means gained by such mechanical labors as he could perform, he acquired from books a fair knowledge of the business.  In 1806 he obtained employment in the land commissioner's office at Warren, where his efforts won him favorable notice, and created valued friends, Mr. John D. Edwards, recorder of the county, being one of the most steadfast.  Under his advice young Case acquired sufficient knowledge of the law to be admitted to the bar.
     During the war of 1812 Mr. Case was appointed to collect the taxes of non-residents on the Western Reserve, and in 1816 was called to Cleveland to be cashier of the newly organized Commercial Bank of Lake Erie.  To his banking business he added the occupations of lawyer and land agent.  After leaving the bank he devoted himself assiduously to the pursuits just named, and after 1834 gave al his time to the land business, in which he acquired a very large fortune.  Mr. Case took a warm interest in the progress of Cleveland, contributed liberally to all public improvements, and is said to have begun the work of planting the trees, the luxuriant foliage of which now so pleasantly shade the thoroughfares of the Forest City.  From 1821 to 1825 he was president of Cleveland village, and was the first auditor of Cuyahoga county.  He was a warm advocate of the canals in the State legislature, and was one of the projectors of the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati railway.
     His fortune increased with his age, but it did not, as in so many cases, harden his heart or close his hand, and every good cause found in him a generous friend.  He died on the 7th of December, 1864, leaving a very large amount of both real and personal estate, which passed to his only surviving son, also named Leonard Case.  That the latter has inherited his father's disposition, as well as his name and property, is shown by many acts, and especially by his crowning gift of the "Case building," valued at three hundred thousand dollars, to the Cleveland Library Association - a gift seldom equaled in the annals of private munificence.
Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 336
  SELAH CHAMBERLAIN

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 337
Portrait Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 244a

  HENRY CHRISHOLM

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 338
Portrait Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 308a

  WILLIAM CHRISHOLM

Portrait Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 308a

  GENERAL MOSES CLEAVELAND

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 363
Portrait Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 222a

  AHIRA COBB

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 338

  JAMES M. COFFINBERRY

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 340
Portrait Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 316a

  EDWIN COWLES

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 194a

  EDWIN W. COWLES

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 194a

  TIMOTHY DOANE CROCKER

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 395

  D. W. CROSS

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 345

  JOHN CROWELL

Source: History of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio - Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., - 1879 - Page 60a

 

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