George W. Leonard, farmer; P.O. Western Star; was born in Cuyahoga Co. June 1, 1857; is a son of Roland and Malinda (Norman) Leonard, the former a native of Stark Co., and the latter of Coshocton Co.  His grandfather, James F. Leonard, came to Stark Co. in about 1805, as a land-jobber and surveyor; his great-grandfather on his father's side of the house came from County Fermanagh,  Ireland, early in 1700, and settled in York State.  

The subject of this sketch attended the Cleveland Public Schools until his graduation at about 19 years of age, when he attended Mt. Union College one year, his vacations being spent in assisting his father in the dry goods business in the city of Cleveland.  He afterward engaged in the grocery and meat business, shipping stock two years, with his brother-in-law.  His father having retired from business in Cleveland, is now farming near Kent, Portage Co., Ohio.

George was married, Dec. 20, 1877, to Melissa Young, who was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Oct. 14, 1858, and is a daughter of Cyrus and Margaret (Shaffer) Young, who were also natives of Stark Co., Ohio, by whom he has one child--Florence M.--born March 27, 1879.  Mr. Leonard is engaged quite extensively in the stock business, and is also carrying on a large farm.  He is of Irish-French descent, a Republican in his political belief, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church


History of Medina County, Ohio.  Chicago: Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, 1881.