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486 Ohio Arch

486      Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications


where they fell at the hands of the Indians. This, I think, should

be one of the first things to be done by the Commissioners.

The pioneer history of Ohio is filled with soul-stirring events

and I know our posterity will read, with grateful hearts, the story

of the builders of the great foundation on which now stands, in

high esteem in all lands of the world, our great State of Ohio.





Colonel William Leontes Curry was born in Union

County, Ohio, January 25, 1839. He died in Grant

Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, April 27, 1927. He was the

son of Stephenson Curry. His grandfather, Colonel

James Curry, was an officer of the Continental Line in

the Fourth and Eighth Virginia Regiments during the

Revolution and was granted, as part-payment for his

service, one thousand acres of land in Union County.

On this the family settled in the year 1811.

The subject of this sketch worked on his father's

farm during his boyhood days and until he arrived at

the age of twenty-one years. He received a common-

school education and for a time attended the Marysville

Academy. In the fall of 1860, he entered Otterbein

College, at Westerville, Ohio. In January, 1861, he

commenced to study law.

At the first call for troops in the Civil War he en-

listed for the three-months service. He was elected

first lieutenant and his company promptly commenced

drilling, but the quota for Ohio was filled before this

company was mustered in. He then enlisted at the first

call for three-years troops as private in the First Vol-

unteer Cavalry. At its organization he was appointed

orderly sergeant, and was promoted successively to sec-