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From Rook, C.A. (1923). Western Pennsylvanians: A work for newspaper and library
reference (pp. 556). Pittsburgh, PA: Western Pennsylvania Biographical Association.
W. S. LEECH.
William Snyder Leech, son of Lucien B. and Keziah (Smith) Leech, was born in Georges
Township, Fayette County, Pa., November 3, 1863.
Receiving his preliminary education in the common schools of his native township he later
attended the Georges Creek Academy. Upon completing his education he assumed the duties as
teacher in the schools of Fayette County, serving for five terms.
On April 1, 1889, he associated himself with the mercantile business at High House, Pa.,
and remained actively identified with this business until he sold his interests in 1905
and moved to Smithfield, Pa. In 1909 he was elected a director of the First National Bank
of Smithfield and on January 11, 1910, he was elected its cashier, in which capacity he is
serving at the present time.
Mr. Leech served as postmaster at High House, Pa., for nine years and in 1906 he was
elected school director for the borough of Smithfield and later served as borough
He is a member of Valley Lodge No. 459, F. & A. M. a member of the Presbyterian Church
since December, 1885, and an elder in the same since 1886. He is also a member of the I.
0. 0. F.
On September 9, 1884, he was married to Caroline Elizabeth Sackett and to this union were
born four daughters and two sons: Lily Blanche, Jesse Arthur, Bertha May, Mary Olive, Ruth
Essie, and Wilmer Sackett (deceased). His address is Smithfield, Pa.
[Note: Rook includes a photograph of W. S. Leech.]