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superintendent of schools , army officer , electric company executive

Mortimer Dormer Leggett, American superintendent of schools, army officer, electric company executive.


Leggett, Mortimer Dormer was born on April 19, 1821 in Ithaca, New York, United States. Son of Isaac and Mary (Strong) Leggett.


Studied Willoughby Medical College.


Founder 1st free grade school system west of Alleghany Mountains, Akron, O., 1846, superintendent schools, 1846-1849. Superintendent schools, Warren, O., 1849-1855. Professor of law and pleading Ohio Law College, 1856.

Superintendent schools, Zanesville, O., 1857. Commissioned colonel 18th Ohio Volunteers. Served as brigadier general in command brigade in fight along the Mississippi River, 1862.

Brevetted major general, 1863. Fought at battles of Corinth, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Atlanta. Marched with Sherman through South.

Commissioned major general United States Volunteers, resigned 1866. United States patent commissioner, 1871-1874. 1st president Brush Electric Company (later absorbed into General Electric Company), 1884.


Married Marilla Wells, July 9, 1844. Married second, Weltha Post, 1879.

Isaac Leggett

Mary (Strong) Leggett

Marilla Wells

Weltha Post