John Edwards Leonard (September 22, 1845 – March 15, 1878) was a United States Representative from Louisiana.
He was the grandnephew of John Edwards (Pennsylvania) who also served in Congress.
He was born in Fairville, Pennsylvania, into a Quaker family.
Leonard attended the public schools and was later graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire in 1863.
He earned a law degree from Harvard University in 1867.
He studied law in Germany before he returned to the United States; he moved to Louisiana, where he was admitted to the bar in 1870 during the Reconstruction era and commenced practice at Monroe, Louisiana.
Leonard was appointed as the district attorney of the thirteenth judicial district of Louisiana in 1871 and 1872.
He was elected associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1876 before he resumed the practice of law in Monroe, Louisiana.
In 1876 he was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress, serving from March 4, 1877, until his death the following year in Havana, Cuba.
He was vacationing with several other Washington leaders and died on March 15, 1878.
He was buried in the Friends’ (Hicksite) Cemetery of the Middletown Meeting House, Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Author: Frontispiece of 1879's "Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of John Edwards Leonard" published by the US Government Printing Office. Source: Find a Grave License: CC-PD-Mark PD US Government