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Delaware County, Iowa


 Biography Directory

Hon. Millard F. LeRoy

State Representative, Banker, Community Leader



Hon. Millard F. LeRoy did much to develop the business and industrial possibilities of Delaware county and was one of the county's most prominent and valued citizens. He was president of the First National Bank, a prime mover in the organization of the Manchester & Oneida Railway Company, was for two years mayor of Manchester and served as state representative. His death, which occurred on the 21st of February, 1914, was a great loss to Delaware county, as men who have the initiative and the courage that are necessary for a leader are few, but these qualities he possessed to a high degree.

       Mr. LeRoy was born in Manchester, Dearborn county, Indiana, on the 16th of January, 1850, but during his early childhood the family removed to Morris, Illinois, and there the greater part of his youth was spent. In 1869 he was graduated from Moore's Hill College at Moore's Hill, Indiana, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. His mother had died in 1860 and his father came to this county, where Millard F. LeRoy came after his graduation from college. He then entered the law department of the Iowa State University at Iowa City and was graduated there from in June, 1870. Although he was under age, he opened a law office in Manchester and practiced alone until the fall of 1873, when he formed a partnership with the late Charles E. Bronson, the firm later admitting the Hon. E. M. Carr.

    Mr. LeRoy remained in practice for several years and then became connected with the banking business, assuming the management of a private bank operated by his father-in-law, the late Allen R. Loomis. Upon the organization of the First National Bank, in 1890, Mr. LeRoy was elected cashier and upon the death of Mr. Loomis, a few years later, succeeded to the presidency of the institution. He was connected with many of the local business concerns and was one of the most prominent figures in financial circles of this part of Iowa. He was one of the organizers of the Manchester & Oneida Railway Company, and his business acumen and executive ability were of great service to that corporation. Although his business interests made heavy demands upon his time, he was always ready to do his part in the management of public affairs and was for two years mayor of the city, his administration being without doubt the most progressive and beneficial the city has ever enjoyed. He was also for many years a member of the school board and in 1912 he was elected representative from the county, his record as a public official being a most creditable one. For some time he was a member of the executive committee of the Fraternal Union of America, an insurance company with headquarters at Denver.
      Mr. LeRoy was married on the 2d of June, 1874, to Miss Jennie P. Loomis, and they became the parents of three children: Dora M., Alma M. and Allen R.  Mr. LeRoy had long been identified with the business, social and educational interests of Manchester and his demise was sincerely mourned by a host of friends. Fraternally he belonged to a number of orders, in all of which he stood high. He belonged to both the York and Scottish Rite Masons and was a past eminent commander of Nazareth Commandery, No. 33, Knights Templar. He was also affiliated with the Hyperion Lodge, No. 186, K. P., and with the Odd Fellows, in which society he was a leader in Iowa, having been honored by the post of commander of the Patriarchs Militant, the highest position in the gift of the order. All who knew him conceded him to be a man of unusual ability and also of great public spirit and unswerving integrity, and no resident of the county was held in higher esteem.
      At the time of his death the Manchester Press contained many tributes from friends and associates to his high personal worth. Among those who attested to his splendid character were United States Senator Albert B. Cummins, Governor George W. Clark, Congressman Maurice Connolly, Senator E. C. Perkins, Major E. M. Carr and Captain J. F. Merry. In the same issue of the Manchester Press there appeared the following:

"A review of the life of Mr. LeRoy in this community, brief as it must necessarily be and as he would have it, is a review of the progress and up building of the community during the forty years of his residence in it. This is true because every effort to improve Manchester, to make it a better town to live in, to promote its material and moral interests, to advance the growth and extension of its business facilities and to help it outgrow the rawness and crudity of the crossroads village every such effort found him either a leader or an unhesitating contributor. To his energy and liberality and enthusiastic loyalty to his home city, Manchester owes more than can be measured in a stickfull of type or rewarded by the gratitude of those in position to know the facts. His sympathy and his influence and his means were at the instant disposal of any project which promised to benefit Manchester, and when enlisted in furtherance, of it his own business interests became secondary. In the various positions of trust imposed upon him, lie made ungrudging sacrifice of his leisure and allowed no demand, however urgent, to encroach upon duties to which he had pleaded fidelity.
      In this respect his example was singular, and in a day when the holding of minor offices is a preferment rather than a trust it was rare and exceedingly praiseworthy. In a personal sense, the death of Mr. LeRoy removes a man who was truly a friend to him who needed friends, an unquestioning helper of the unfortunate or distressed, who gave unsparingly and without the expectation of return.

     A record of his unseen kindnesses would tell the story of renewed courage and hope to many a man who came to him in the hour of need and found not merely temporary aid but lasting friendship."


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II.

The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 8-12.

               Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.