Jacob D. Leighty
|Jacob D. Leighty|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th district
March 4, 1895 – March 4, 1897
|Preceded by||William F. McNagny|
|Succeeded by||James M. Robinson|
|Born||November 15, 1839
|Died||October 18, 1912
St. Joe, Indiana
|Resting place||Riverview Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Wittenberg College|
|Years of service||1861-1865|
|Unit||Company E, Eleventh Indiana Volunteer Zouave Infantry|
Early Life and Union Army Service
Born near Greensburg, Pennsylvania on November 15, 1839, Leighty moved with his parents to De Kalb County, Indiana in 1844, settling on a farm at Spencerville. Educated at public schools, he then spent two years at a commercial school at Fort Wayne following which he entered Wittenberg College, in Springfield, Ohio.
Later life and Congressional term
After the war, Leighty engaged in farming and general merchandising with his father until 1875, when he established the town of St. Joe, in Indiana. He served as a member of the State house of representatives from 1886 to 1888, and later was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 4, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.
Leighty later worked as a United States pension agent at Indianapolis from 1897 to 1901. He died at St. Joe, De Kalb County, Indiana, on October 18, 1912 and is interred in Riverview Cemetery.
- Jacob D. Leighty at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-11-05
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