Leonidas Sexton

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Leonidas Sexton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byJeptha D. New
Succeeded byJeptha D. New
17th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
In office
January 13, 1873 – January 13, 1877
GovernorThomas A. Hendricks
James D. Williams
Preceded byWilliam Cumback
Succeeded byIsaac P. Gray
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the ? district
In office
Personal details
Born(1827-05-19)May 19, 1827
Rushville, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJuly 4, 1880(1880-07-04) (aged 53)
Parsons, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationJefferson College
Cincinnati Law School

Leonidas Sexton (May 19, 1827 – July 4, 1880) was an American lawyer and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1877 to 1879. He previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Indiana from 1873 to 1877.


Born in Rushville, Indiana, Sexton attended the public schools of his native county and was graduated from Jefferson College (now Washington & Jefferson College), Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1847. He studied law in Rushville and in 1848 and 1849 attended the Cincinnati Law School. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1850 and commenced the practice of his profession in Rushville, Indiana.

Political career

He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1856.

Sexton was elected the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana and served from January 1873 to January 1877.

Sexton was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress.


He died in Parsons, Kansas, July 4, 1880. He was interred in East Hill Cemetery, Rushville, Indiana.


  • United States Congress. "Leonidas Sexton (id: S000263)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by