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Edward Owen Leech


Born in Washington, D.C.. Received A.B. from Columbia University in 1869. Graduate with LL.B. from the National Law University in 1886. Married Celia Helen Kent October 25, 1871.

Employed as a clerk by the Bureau of Statistics in the Treasury Department. Transferred to the Bureau of the Mint in April 1873. Served as assay clerk, adjuster of accounts and computer of bullion.

Appointed Director of the Mint serving October 1889 to May 1893. Resigned as Director to become vice president of the National Union Bank in New York City. He served on the Assay Commission for 1896. He died in New York City.

Author of A Brief History of Coinage Legislation in the United States in 1891.

Leach appears on a mint medal (USM 308) as part of the series for Directors of the Mint. Dies were by Charles Barber.

bio: Evans (photo); Failor; NCAB 13 photo: NUM 54 Oct 1941 page 753

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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