Leland, Oscar Hopestill
Age: 36, credited to Baltimore, VTVITALS
Birth: 07/21/1826, Baltimore, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, TX
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Oscar H. Leland, son of the Hon. Joshua and Betsey (Boynton) Leland, was born in Baltimore, Windsor County, Vt., July 21, 1826. He attended the district schools of his town and prepared for college at the Black River Academy Ludlow, Vt., and at the Wesleyan Seminary, Springfield, Vt. He entered the University in the spring of 1851, and remained until December, 1853, when failing health compelled him to give up his course; was distinguished at the University for his scholarship and athletic ability; was one of the strongest men ever at the University and won the distinction of lifting "old No. 1'' cannon off the ground on the trail, both cannon and carriage; was adjutant of the corps of cadets.
He taught school at Blakely, Early Co., Georgia, December, 1853 December, 1855. He removed to Waco, Texas, in 1855, and taught school until the fall of 1856, when he entered Baylor University, Waco., as a special student and tutor; received the degree of A. B., December 18, 1856, and A. M., in course, in February, 1860. He was professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at this Institution from December, 1856 to September 3, 1861; also held the same position in Waco University from September 3,1861 to 1865.
He served as adjutant of the 30th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War, with rank of captain 1862-65. He served in the U. S. Internal Revenue Department, with headquarters at Waco, 1865-70. He studied law during 185556, and was admitted to the bar in 1856; was presiding justice of the McLennan County Court, 1870-74. He is a Republican in politics; was post-master of Waco, 1877-85; engaged in the real estate business in Waco, 1874-77; and 1885 to date. He is an extensive real estate owner and has acquired a valuable property. He removed to McGregor, Texas, near Waco, in 1898, where he has extensive agricultural interests.
He was married January 8, 1863, at Galveston, Texas, to Frances Juliett, daughter of Chauncey Milton and Fanny (Tolles) Chamberlin of Weathersfield, Vt. She was a successful teacher and a graduate of Mary Sharpe Female College, Winchester, Tenn. She died November 21, 1886. Two children were born to them: David Chamberlin, born October 29, 1868, resides at McGregor, Texas; Oscar Hopestill, born August 1, 1873 died August 24, 1873.
William Arba Ellis, Norwich University, 1819-1911, The Capital City Press, Montpelier, Vt., 1911, ii:547.
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