John Leake (1859-1935)
MSA SC 3520-14798
John Leake was born at High Bridge Row, Staffordshire, England, on April
16, 1859. When 10 years of age he went to work in the coal mines. When
he was 12
years of age, his parents came to America, landing in New York on the 4th of July, 1871. The family settled at Vale Summit, Allegany county, then Pompey Smash, where Mr. Leake commenced to mine coal for the Consolidation Coal Company, for which company he is still working, having been employed by them for 27 years. Mr. Leake has been engaged in keeping a drug store at Barton. He has a family of seven sons and two daughters. He was a member of the House of Delegates in the session of 1896, and was a member of the committee on organization, on printing, on public hygiene and on engrossed bills, and was chairman of the committee on railroads and canals. He was renominated for the House of Delegates, receiving the vote of 17 of the 25 districts in the County Convention and the unprecedented number of 253 votes in his home district out of a total of 314, and a majority in the county of over 1,300.
Elihu S. Riley, compiler, Maryland Manual 1897-8, (Annapolis, MD: Advertiser Print, 1898), 39.
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