Search billions of records on

Lawrence County, PA Biographies




William Frederick Leathers

From the newspaper report of his Election to Register and Recorder 1884 


William Frederick Leathers, who was honored by the Republican voters of Lawrence County by receiving the nomination for Register and Recorder, was born near Bellefonte, Center County, PA on July 25, 1841.  His mother, Suphiah Jackson, died when he was three years old and his father, Jacob Leathers, who remarried, met his death by an accident at a furnace in Manchester, a suburb of Allegheny in 1869.  In 1848, Jacob Leathers who was a furnaceman by occupation, removed with his family to Clay furnace near Clarksville, Mercer County.  In 1853, he went to Sharon furnace. 

William Frederick Leathers

Click to enlarge

In the fall of 1855 at the age of 14, William Frederick Leathers was employed with William Bell near Greenfield, Mercer County and in 1859 with Benjamin Love in the same county.  He came to Lawrence county and located in Slippery Rock Township in 1860. 

Early in life the industry and perseverance of the subject of this sketch were made manifest.  He worked hard in summer so he might go to school in winter and attain an education.  He spent his winters at school for a number of years before coming to Lawrence County, but it was at Shady Dell school in Slippery Rock Township that he completed his studies. 

On September 9, 1860, at age 19, he enlisted for three years in Co. K, 63rd regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers (Col. Hayes) and served his country faithfully for that time, establishing a reputation among his comrades as a brave and trustworthy soldier. 

During his time of service he participated in the following engagements:  Siege of Antietem, Appomatox, Manasses, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard, Charles City, Cross Roads, Bristow Station,  Second Bull Run, Chantilla, Cedars, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, (where his name is on the Pennsylvania monument as Lathers) Wapping Heights, Auburn Mills, Kelly's Ford, Locust Grove, Mine Run, Wilderness, Charge at Spottsylvania (May 12, 1864) Charge at North Ann River (May 23, 1864) and Deep Bottom.  At Cold Harbor he received a severe wound on the foot when he was struck by a piece of shell. 

After he was discharged from the service at the expiration of his term of enlistment he located at Harlansburg, where he engaged in blacksmithing until he was recently disabled. 

Mr. Leathers is eminently qualified for the position to which he has been chosen by the suffrages of the Republican voters of Lawrence County.  He is a fine penman and has been Township Auditor of Scott Township for six years, Secretary of the School Board for three years and Secretary of the Lawrence County Agricultural Association, held at Harlansburg.  

Mr. Leathers is a man of most excellent moral character, temperate and is a member in good standing of the Presbyterian Church.  The Republican voters of this county will certainly never have any reason to regret the choice they made for Register and Recorder.

He served two three year terms, 1884-1889

Source:   Submitted by Ethel L. Winterhalter, his great granddaughter.


Return to the Lawrence County Genealogy Main Page

Lawrence County Genealogy is part of the USGenWeb and PAGenWeb projects. All documents, photos, materials and graphics contained in the Lawrence County Genealogy pages are copyrighted by the submitter and by this site. You may not use them elsewhere, whether in print or electronically, without written permission.

Space provided by Rootsweb.

Copyright © 2000-20012 - All rights reserved.