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9 Aug. 1868 - 5 June 1965
U. S. Lesh was born in Rock Creek Township, Wells County, Indiana. He practiced law in Huntington, Indiana, periodically throughout his life. He was a staunch Republican and spent time and money supporting the local party. From 1917 to 1921, Lesh served as Assistant Attorney General under Ele Stansbury. He was then elected Attorney General and served two terms (1922-1925). In addition to his legal career, Lesh authored three books, A Knight of the Golden Circle (1911), Three Profiteers (1934), and Whence and Whither as a Nation? (1948). A Knight of the Golden Circle is based on a group that recruited Union soldiers during the Civil War to act as spies for the Confederacy. Whence and Whither as a Nation? is a collection of essays and the play, The Three Guards.
A Knight of the Golden Circle. D. Badger, 1911. [ISL call number: I 813 L629k]
Three Profiteers. Boston: Stratford, 1934. [ISL call number: I 813 L629t]
Whence and Whither as a Nation? New York: Vantage Press, 1948. [ISL call number: I 818 L622w]