Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Elias D. Leach Letters, 1842-1848

Finding aid created by
Richard C. Bates, July 2006, and Meg Hixon, August 2012

Summary Information
Title: Elias D. Leach letters
Creator: Leach, Jacob B.
Inclusive dates: 1842-1848
Bulk dates: 1842-1844
Extent: 7 items
Abstract:
This collection is made up of 7 letters that Elias D. Leach wrote to his family about his medical studies with a physician in West Greenville, Pennsylvania, and at Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio, during the 1840s. Leach wrote about local and national politics, his medical education, and his financial difficulties, among other topics.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2006. M-4532.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Elias D. Leach letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Elias D. Leach was born near Youngstown, Ohio, on March 26, 1823, the son of Benjamin Leach and Hannah Raynor. He had at least two brothers, Jacob B. Leach and S. F. Leach. In 1842, he moved to West Greenfield, Pennsylvania, where he studied medicine with a doctor named Packard. In 1844, Elias Leach traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his formal medical education at Western Reserve College (now Case Western Reserve University), where he received his medical degree in 1848. From 1848 to 1853, he practiced medicine in Virginia, Illinois, and Frederick, Illinois, and in 1853 he moved to Rushville, Illinois, where he joined Little, Ray & Co., a mercantile firm. He worked for the firm until 1863 and again between 1880 and 1890. Leach married his third wife, Harriet Jane Patteson, on December 4, 1856. They had three children: Junius (1858-1887), Warren, and Lawrence. Elias D. Leach died in September 1890.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 7 letters that Elias D. Leach wrote to his family about his medical studies with a physician in West Greenville, Pennsylvania, and at Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio, during the 1840s. Leach wrote about local and national politics, his medical education, and his financial difficulties, among other topics.

Leach wrote 6 letters to his brother, Jacob B. Leach of Austintown, Ohio, from August 31, 1842-December 23, 1844, and 1 letter to Jacob and to S. F. Leach, also of Austintown, on January 8, 1848. In his 3 letters from West Greenville, Pennsylvania (now Greenville), Leach described the town's daily, religious, and political life (August 31, 1842-July 25, 1844). He commented extensively on political issues, such as local elections, the presidential election of 1844, and local religious activities (often related to Methodists). Leach also discussed Dr. Henry Cossitt's return from a trip to eastern Pennsylvania and New York, where Cossitt had acquired medicines, had sold a horse to Martin Van Buren, and had witnessed the spread of Millerism.

From November 15, 1844, to December 12, 1844, and on January 8, 1848, Leach wrote about his medical studies at Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio (now Case Western Reserve University). He mentioned the city's frequent fires and discussed his efforts to find lodgings and his difficulties paying tuition. He also described his medical studies, the size of his class, and his participation in a medical debating society.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Greenville (Mercer County, Pa. : Township)
    • Medical education--United States.
    • Methodists.
    • Millerite movement.
    • Pennsylvania--Politics and government--1775-1865.
    • Pennsylvania--Religious life and customs.
    • United States--Politics and government--1841-1845.
    • Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862.
    • Western Reserve College (1826-1882)
    Contributors:
    • Leach, Elias D., 1823-1890.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   51, Small Collections  
    Elias D. Leach letters [series]:
    Folders   3-4  
      August 31, 1842-January 8, 1848
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    "Elias D. Leach, M.D." Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler, and Brown Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Pioneers and Leading Citizens. Chicago: Biographical Review Publishing Co., 1892. 317-318.