Benton County


House, 53rd General Assembly, 1903-05; representing Benton and Decatur counties; Democrat.

Born in Benton County 9 May 1867; son of Dr. Hugh and Mary Ann (Johnson) Leslie. Attended public schools; Normal School at Holladay, Benton County, TN, and at Dickson, Dickson County, TN. Married Kate Matthews 1 May 1888 in Benton County, TN. No children of own but adopted a son, Frank C. Leslie.

Taught in schools of Benton County a number of years and was principal of an independent school in 1894. Enrolled in Bible School at Nashville, Davidson County, TN, to prepare for ministry; delivered first sermon in April, 1898; entered the insurance business at Holladay and continued to 1926. Elected to county commission in 1896; county superintendent of public instruction; appointed clerk and master of chancery court in 1907, and served fourteen years; served briefly as U.S. inspector of alcohol for West Tennessee; elected county judge and served nine years.

Member county Democratic Executive Committee in 1905-06; Democratic nominee for mayor in 1913, but declined to serve; appointed assistant prohibition commissioner in 1920 under U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue; a leader in Democratic party thirty years, serving as chairman of county committee ten fears. Member Church of Christ; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Woodmen of the World; Chancellor Commander, Knights of Pythias in 1912. Died 25 December 1935 at Camden, Benton County, TN; burial in Camden City Cemetery, Camden, TN.

Biographical Directory Tennessee General Assembly 1796-1969 Preliminiary No 13 Page 13