LEONARD, Stephen Banks (1793-1876)

LEONARD, STEPHEN BANKS, a Representative from New York; born in New York City April 15, 1793; attended the public schools; moved with his parents to Owego, N.Y., and learned the printer's trade; engaged in newspaper work in Albany, N.Y.; moved to New York City and subsequently returned to Owego; publisher and editor of the Owego Gazette 1814-1835; trustee of the village of Owego; supervisor and commissioner of excise; trustee of Owego Academy for many years; established the first stage route from Owego to Bath in 1816; postmaster of Owego 1816-1820; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Twenty-Sixth Congress); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; engaged in mercantile and agricultural pursuits; supervisor of Owego 1854-1856; deputy United States marshal 1857-1861; died in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., May 8, 1876; interment in the Presbyterian Church Burying Ground.

Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In the Farnham Family Papers, 1840-1875, 1 folder.
The papers include a letter from Congressman S. B. Leonard relating to Joel Farnham's application for a cider press patent.


Tioga County Historical Society
Owego, NY
Papers: In the Biography Collection, ca. 1800-1978, approximately 850 items.
Persons represented include Stephen Banks Leonard.

Papers: In the Journalism Collection, ca. 1815-1955, approximately 15 items.
Materials on the Owego Gazette include a bill of sale for the newspaper from Ebenezer Mack to Stephen B. Leonard, 1815.

  • Leonard, William Andrew. Stephen Banks Leonard of Owego, Tioga County, New York. [N.p.]: Printed for private circulation, 1909.