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Leesburg

Lake County

Year Founded: 1875

History

Calvin and Evander Lee established the town in 1853. No name was given it until, according to tradition, Calvin Lee had gone north several years later to order some goods and realized that there was no town name to which they could be consigned. He thought up Leesburg on the spur of the moment, and it stuck. A mass meeting of the entire population of Leesburg, recorded as 150 people, was held on July 12, 1875. The residents voted to incorporate the Town of Leesburg. The mayor, commissioners and city clerk were all elected July 17, 1875. In 1923, a new charter was granted to the city, creating a council-manager form of government.

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