In gathering material for biographies of the representative citizens, Doctor Leslie is found among the foremost not only as a zealous, painstaking and faithful practioneer, but one of Clyde's best and most esteemed citizens. Doctor Leslie pursued his medical studies at Dartmouth, New Hampshire, and Bowdoin College, Bowdoin Maine, graduating from the latter institution in 1874, and entering upon the practice of medicine in Sunapee the Saratoga of New England. After a successful career there of seven years he removed to Windsor, Vermont. There he contracted lung trouble and came west with the intention of locating in California, and stopped enroute to visit friends in Clyde. It was in the boom days of 1885, and he was very favorably impressed with the country and its prospects. Here he found not only a good country but remained permanently and recovered his health, gaining from one hundred and twenty-five pounds, (his weight at that time) to one hundred and eighty pounds.
Doctor Leslie was born in Patton, Maine, April 16, 1847. He was reared on a farm. His father was a second cousin of Salmon P. Chase. The Leslies were of English origin. Doctor Leslie's intentions were to study law and he mapped out a career for that profession, but changed to the study of medicine. He was married in 1875, to Ellen I. Balloch, of Cornish, New Hampshire. Their family consists of a son and a daughter. William B. graduated from the Emporia college and entered upon the study of law in the office of Mr. VanDeMark, of Clyde, later entering the law school at Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he continues at the present time. The daughter Alice, is talented in music and is a graduate of the Clyde high school.
Doctor Leslie affiliates with the Republican party. He is the surgeon for the Union Pacific and Missouri Pacfic[sic] railroads and was one of the board of pension examiners. The family are members of the Presbyterian church of which Doctor Leslie is an elder. He has been a Mason for a dozen years and is a member of the order of Woodmen and the Ancient Order United Workmen.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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