CALDWELL, LEANDER ACRES, a prosperous farmer residing in the village of Franklin, Ill., was born one and a half miles southeast of that place, on June 27, 1850, the son of John C. and Louisa (Rogers) Caldwell, both natives of Kentucky, who settled in Morgan County in 1826. At that time John C. came here with an older brother, William, and later became a farmer and tanner. His shop was located on the farm where Leander A. was born, and probably at that time he was the only tanner in the county. His leather was eagerly sought, for the manufacture of shoes, harness and other purposes. In 1827 he was married to Louisa Rogers, daughter of a Baptist minister, who preached the first sermon under the auspices of that denomination in the county. He built himself a long double log cabin, using wooden pins instead of nails, and for thirty years was both farmer and preacher.
The parents of Mr. Caldwell had nine children, Leander A. being the youngest, and all of them becoming prominent in the history of the country. John C. Caldwell died December 24, 1874, and his wife, Louisa Caldwell, August 17, 1900, aged ninety-two years. Leander A. was reared to an agricultural life, was educated in the Franklin schools, and for a time attended the Wesleyan College at Bloomington, Ill. Later he engaged in the cattle business - his capital being energy, ability and a team of horses - and now owns a fine farm of 320 acres, a portion of which was part of his father's homestead. He soon abandoned the cattle business for general farming, but finally, in March, 1898, removed to Franklin, where he lives in comparative retirement, the farm being still conducted under his supervision and management. He has been a member of the Village Board for four years, and, on April 18, 1905, was elected Mayor. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and in politics, a Democrat.
On March 3, 1898, Leander A. Caldwell was married to Mrs. Emma E. Strawn, daughter of John Carrington, of Jacksonville. By a former marriage Mr. Caldwell has two daughters, both well-educated and accomplished ladies, and graduates in music. Their names are: Lillian, wife of J. W. Paton, of East St. Louis, Ill., and Darzy May, wife of B. L. Virgin, of the same city. The children of Mrs. Caldwell by her first marriage are Amy E. and Enola Strawn, attending the High School in Franklin.