Leonidas Sexton

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Leonidas Sexton

Leonidas Sexton (May 19, 1827 – July 4, 1880) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Rushville, Indiana, Sexton attended the public schools of his native county and was graduated from Jefferson College (now Washington & Jefferson College), Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1847. He studied law in Rushville and in 1848 and 1849 attended the Cincinnati Law School. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1850 and commenced the practice of his profession in Rushville, Indiana. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1856.

Sexton was elected the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana and served from January 1873 to January 1877.

Sexton was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress. He died in Parsons, Kansas, July 4, 1880. He was interred in East Hill Cemetery, Rushville, Indiana.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

Political offices
Preceded by
William Cumback
Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
1873–1877
Succeeded by
Isaac P. Gray
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jeptha D. New
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

1877–1879
Succeeded by
Jeptha D. New