Elias W. Leavenworth
|Elias W. Leavenworth|
Elias W. Leavenworth
December 20, 1803|
Canaan, New York, United States
|Died||November 25, 1887
Syracuse, New York, United States
|Occupation||Mayor, Politician, Lawyer|
He moved with his parents to Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1806.
Law practice 
Personal life 
Leavenworth was married to the daughter of Judge Joshua Forman, the founder of Syracuse.
His principal home, a mansion at 607 James Street in Syracuse, New York, was a significant Greek Revival style structure where he received visitors of national and international stature. The home was built on the first lot sold on James Street and completed in 1842. It was designed by renowned Syracuse architect, Deacon Elijah Hayden who was assisted by William B. Cogswell, a draftsman. Unfortunately, the Leavenworth Mansion was demolished in 1950 to make way for an office building.
Political life 
Leavenworth was a Whig member of the New York State Assembly (Onondaga Co., 3rd D.) in 1850 and 1857; and was Secretary of State of New York from 1854 to 1855. He was Chairman of the Republican State convention of 1860.
He was appointed president of the board of commissioners to locate the State asylum for the blind and a trustee of the State asylum for the insane in 1865, and was a member of the New York and New Jersey Boundary Line Commission in 1875.
Leavenworth was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1877. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1876 and resumed business activities in Syracuse.
Syracuse parks 
A resolution he introduced in 1888 procured Vanderbilt Square for the city of Syracuse. Additionally he persuaded the railroad to plant rows of trees on each side of the railroad from Beech Street to the heart of the city and install the first public sewer.
He was considered father of the park system of the city. Fayette Park was obtained through his efforts. About 1860, Leavenworth Park was named after him.
Later life 
Henry S. Randall
|New York Secretary of State
1854 - 1855
Joel T. Headley
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York