Lee County Biography

LEONARD ANDRUS


Vice President City National Bank, Dixon, Ill., was born at Grand Detour, Ogle County, Ill., Nov. 10, 1853, son of Leonard and Sarah Ann (Bosworth) Andrus. Leonard Andrus, Sr., located at Grand Detour in 1834 and gave that village its name, but shortly afterwards went to Michigan, returning to the former locality about May 1, 1835, where he made a permanent settlement. In 1837, in company with John Deere, he made the first steel plow manufactured in America, and from this humble beginning developed an extensive business.

He died in 1867. Leonard Andrus, Jr., came to Dixon in 1882 and has since been prominently identified with the interests of that city. On October 4, 1882, he married Elizabeth M. Alexander, daughter of Philip M. and Eliza (Howell) Alexander, and they have one son, Leonard A., a student of Harvard University. In politics Mr. Andrus affiliates with the Republican party.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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