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LEECH, Daniel D. Tompkins, government official, born in Nassau, New York, 3 April, 1810; died in Washington. D. C., 5 November, 1869. His grandfather, Captain Hezekiah Leach, served in the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars. He was graduated at Union college in 1829, was a tutor of languages there, and afterward taught in the Albany academy under Joseph Henry. About 1837 he removed to Washington with Professor Henry, took a clerkship in the post office department, and retained a post either in this or in the treasury department until his death, his duties being largely in connection with the foreign departments because of his linguistic acquirements. In 1855, as confidential clerk to the postmaster-general, he compiled a post-route bill, covering the entire United States, for which congress voted him $1,000. In 1857 he wrote the histories of the United States departments for the "National Intelligencer." He was the author of the first postal directory (1857), and continued it for several years as a private enterprise, till it was adopted by the government. He was widely known for his zealous ministrations during the civil war among the National soldiers in camp, barracks, and hospitals.-His son, Samuel Van Derlip, clergyman, born in Albany, New York, 17 March, 1837, attended school until he was fourteen years of age, when he became private secretary of Thomas S. Bocock, of Virginia. In 1853 he went as secretary to a government expedition to Central America, Venezuela, and the West Indies, on his return studied the classics, and then was prepared for the ministry at Garrett biblical institute, Evanston, Illinois, and in 1858 was admitted to the Baltimore conference, became pastor of a Methodist church in that city, and subsequently held charges at Martinsburg, Virginia, Baltimore, and Cumberland, Indiana, and Albany and Saratoga, New York In 1886 he was chosen president of New York state temperance society. In 1860 he wrote for the "Baltimore Exchange" a series of historical papers on the "Rise and Progress of American Methodism," and afterward issued a volume of temperance poems (1863). In 1874, as special correspondent of the Baltimore "American," he wrote the "Round Lake Letters" for that journal. He has served on the editorial staff of the "Methodist" and "Baltimore Record," has written for the "Metropolitan Pulpit," and contributed largely to several historical publications. He received in 1879 the degree of D.D. from St. John's college, Annapolis, Maryland He has also published "The Drunkard" (1869); "Ingersoll and the Bible" (1880); and "The Inebriates" (1886).
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