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Leonard W. Buck
Born July 8, 1834
Died June 4, 1895
Resting place Mountain View Cemetery
Occupation Businessman, rancher, politician
Net worth US$300,000 (1895)
Spouse(s) Anna M. Bellows
Children 2 sons, 3 daughters
Relatives Frank H. Buck (grandson)

Leonard W. Buck (1834-1895) was an American businessman, rancher and politician.

Early life

Leonard W. Buck was born on July 8, 1834 in Truxton, New York. He was educated at the Courtland Academy in Homer, New York. During the American Civil War, he served as a Lieutenant in the Union Army from 1862 to 1863.


Buck was a salesman of hardware goods in Clinton, Iowa from 1865 to 1873.

Buck established a ranch in Vacaville, California in 1874. He also established a ranch in Lodi, California. He grew fruit, especially peaches. Additionally, he served on the board of directors of the Bank of Vacaville.

Buck served in the California State Senate.

Personal life

Buck married Anna M. Bellows in 1856. They had two sons: Frank H. Buck and Fred M. Buck, and three daughters, Mrs J. B. Corey, Emma L. Buck and Anna M. Buck. They resided at 929 Adeline Street in Oakland, California from 1887 onward.

Buck was a Freemason, and he served as the master of the Vacaville lodge in 1884.


Buck was hit in a horse and buggy accident on June 3, 1895 at the intersection of Castro Street and 12th Street in San Francisco, California. He died the next day at his home in Oakland, California. He was buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. By the time of his death, he was worth an estimated US$300,000.

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