Appointed State Fire Marshal of Ohio to Succeed T. Alfred Fleming—Takes Hold of His New Position with Characteristic Vim and Has Many Plans for the Future

A very able successor to the office of State Fire Marshal of Ohio, made vacant by the resignation of T. Alfred Fleming, has been found in the person of William J. Leonard, whom Governor Cox has appointed to that position. Mr. Leonard was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1884. He received his education in the parochial schools of that city and also took a business course in the night schools, from which he graduated with honors. His first trade experience was in the shoe business, in which he remained until 1911. In that year Mr. Leonard became identified with the city administration of Cleveland as assistant city Wm. J, Leonard, Ohio State Fire Marshal treasurer. Late in 1913 the Ohio Legislature passed a law licensing the liquor traffic and Mr. Leonard was at that time made secretary of the Hamilton County licensing board, the duties of attending to the granting of licenses of liquor dealers and the enforcing of laws in reference to violations devolving upon him. Since 1916 Mr. Leonard has been handling real estate matters for one of the largest Cincinnati concerns. He received his appointment as State Fire Marshal on November 17. Mr. Leonard has taken hold of his new office with the energy that has characterized his public career, and promises to carry forward the work so well begun by his predecessor with plenty of vim and vigor.

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