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LEACH, Josiah Granville, lawyer, born in Cape 5fay, New Jersey, 27 July, 1842. His father, Reverend Joseph S. Leach, a descendant of Lawrence Leach (q. v.), became in 1855 editor of the "Ocean Wave," the first newspaper in Cape May county, New Jersey The son entered journalism in 1860, and in August, 1862, enlisted in the army, and served as sergeant, sergeant-major, and lieutenant in the 25th New Jersey regiment. In 1866 he was graduated in law at the University of Pennsylvania, and admitted to the Philadelphia bar. He has been active in politics since he was nineteen years old, has served in the legislature of Pennsylvania, and in 1881-'2 was one of the leaders of the independent Republican movement in Pennsylvania. He is now (1887) commissary-general of Pennsylvania. He has written largely for biographical publications, and is preparing genealogies of the Leach and Manning families in the United States.--His brother, Frank Willing, lawyer, born in Cape May, New Jersey, 25 August, 1855, was educated in public and private schools, studied law, and in 1877 was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia. He has been active in politics in Pennsylvania, has filled the office of secretary to numerous state conventions, in 1881-'2 was secretary to the independent Republican state committee, and in 1885 was chosen secretary to the Republican state committee, which position he still holds. Since he was seventeen years old he has contributed largely in both verse and prose to periodicals. He contributed several chapters to Scharff and Westcott's "History of Philadelphia" (3 vols., Philadelphia, 1883) and has now (1887) in preparation "The Signers of the Declaration of Independence: their Ancestors and Descendants."
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