rally referred to in Medford as Barber Blanchard.
Benjamin Crandon Leonard.
Benjamin Crandon Leonard was born in Plymouth, February 16, 1844.
He was a son of Joseph Nelson and Abbie Bishop (Crandon) Leonard, and was a lineal descendant of John Howland and Richard Warren of the Mayflower.
At the age of eighteen he obtained employment with the American Bank Note Co. of Boston, and remained with them the rest of his life.
In 1879 he was appointed manager.
He came to West Medford in 1872, and for thirty years was very active in local matters and town affairs.
He was deeply interested in the organization and support of the West Medford Congregational Church and society, and for more than fifteen years was the treasurer of the latter.
He was a charter member of the Village Improvement Society of West Medford, an organization that did much to promote the development of that part of the town.
He was a selectman of the town of Medford in 1878, 1879, and 1880, and was chairma