St. Charles (Kane County, Illinois) Chronicle, July 14, 1932, reprinting from the Wheaton (Illinois) Progressive: Word was received here early this week of the death of John William Leonard, the man who founded "Who's Who In America," and a former resident of Wheaton. He was born in London and his life was one of widely varied experiences.
In 1864 he went to Australia for his health, made money in a prospecting company and later came to the United States where he became a journalist. In 1883 he went to Chicago as editor of "The Chicago Telegram." He became associated with A.N. Marquis company, which published the first edition of "Who's Who In America" in 1899. In late years Mr. Leonard compiled and edited other volumes, several of which were historical in character.
Mr. Leonard always wrote in longhand as he disliked the noise of a typewriter, although he could use one, and he found that he could write faster than he could talk into a dictaphone.
Mr. Leonard died June 30, at his home, 188 Marine avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., at the age of 83. Funeral services were held July 2.
During his residence in Wheaton Mr. Leonard was a candidate for congress on the democratic ticket on two occasions but failed of election. He was an active member of the Methodist church and took a keen interest in civic affairs. Many of the older residents of the community remember him and will be sorry to learn of his death. (Posted as a courtesy, not related.)