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Leslie L. Renshaw, M.D., is a prominent practitioner of Monona, Clayton County, where he has been located for the past five years. During this time he has succeeded in building up a fine practice both in this village and the surrounding territory. He received an excellent education both in a literary and medical sense and has always been a student, belonging to the various medical organizations, taking the leading medical journals and in every way endeavoring to extend his knowledge. He was born in Farmersburg Township, March 4, 1856, being a son of David L. Renshaw, whose birth occurred in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa. Coming to Iowa he located in Delaware County, and two years later, about 1857, became a resident of Clayton County, where he located on a farm in Farmersburg Township, and remained there engaged in general agricultural pursuits about thirty years. In 1884 he retired from active life to make his home in Rock Valley, Iowa, where he still resides. His father, George S., was born in Virginia, and he in turn was the son of Aaron Renshaw. The Doctor's mother, whose maiden name was Persis Angier, is still living and is a daughter of Elijah Angier, whose birth occurred in the Empire State. Mrs. Renshaw was born in Westport, N.Y., and there recieved her education, growing to womanhood.

Dr. Leslie L. Renshaw is one of eleven children, nine of whom grew to maturity, and all but one of these still survive. The Doctor, who is the eldest of the family, attended the district schools in the neighborhood of his father's farm, and his early years were passed in the arduous duties pertaining to farm life. For a time he taught school in his home district and then began his medical studies with Dr. C.H. Hamilton. With him he continued for about four years and subsequently entered the Medical Department of the State University, from which he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in the Class of '80. His first location was in Farmersburg, where he successfully engaged in practice for ten years, after which he removed to Monona and has since made this his field of work.

In November, 1883, Dr. Renshaw was married to Amanda Kinsley, a native of this county and a daughter of Guy Kinsley, who is well known in this locality. Four children were born to the Doctor and his estimable wife, David L., Kinsley, Carlton, and Guy, who has been called from this life.

The Doctor is a member of the Northeastern Iowa Medical Society and the State Medical Society, and fraternally belongs to the orders of Modern Woodman and United Workmen. A stanch Republican, he is a worker in the ranks of his party, is a member of the County Central Committee and is Chairman of the Township Republican Committee. During the administration of President Harrison the Doctor was a member of the Board of Pension Examiners. He is Vice-President and Director in the Monona State Bank and in other worthy enterprises has borne his part.

~source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties; Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1894; pg 431-432
~transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

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