Jacob D. Leighty

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Jacob D. Leighty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byWilliam F. McNagny
Succeeded byJames M. Robinson
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornNovember 15, 1839
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 18, 1912 (aged 72)
St. Joe, Indiana
Resting placeRiverview Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materWittenberg College
Military service
AllegianceUnion Army
Years of service1861–1865
UnitCompany E, Eleventh Indiana Volunteer Zouave Infantry

Jacob D. Leighty (November 15, 1839 – October 18, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. He had previously served with the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and Union Army service

Born near Greensburg, Pennsylvania on November 15, 1839, Leighty moved with his parents to De Kalb County, Indiana in 1844, settling on a farm at Spencerville. Educated at public schools, he then spent two years at a commercial school at Fort Wayne following which he entered Wittenberg College, in Springfield, Ohio.

On July 1, 1861, after two years in college, he enlisted in the Union Army, becoming a member of Company E, Eleventh Indiana Volunteer Zouave Infantry. He served during the American Civil War.

Later life and congressional term

After the war, Leighty engaged in farming and general merchandising with his father until 1875, when he established the town of St. Joe, in Indiana. He served as a member of the State house of representatives from 1886 to 1888, and later was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 4, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

Leighty later worked as a United States pension agent at Indianapolis from 1897 to 1901.


He died at St. Joe, De Kalb County, Indiana, on October 18, 1912, and is interred in Riverview Cemetery.

See also


  • United States Congress. "Jacob D. Leighty (id: L000233)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-11-05

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Succeeded by