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LEEDS, John, astronomer, born in Bay Hundred, Talbot County, Maryland, 18 May, 1705; died in Wade's Point plantation, Maryland, in March, 1780. He was clerk of Talbot county court for forty years, and was subsequently a judge of the provincial court. In 1760 he was commissioned to supervise the returns of Mason and Dixon of the boundaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was surveyor-general of Maryland at the time of his death. He published "Observations of the Transit of Venus" in "Philosophical Transactions" (London, 1769).
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