from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Leroy E. Corlett, recognized as one of the leading members of the republican party in Mahaska county and also a practitioner at the Oskaloosa bar, is a native of Clayton county, Iowa, born March 18; 1875, his parents being John E. and Catherine A. (Crawford) Corlett, the former a native of the Isle of Man and the latter of Pennsylvania. The parents are now living in Elkader, Iowa, and the father has retired from active business pursuits. He has spent the greater part of his life in this state and was prominently identified with agricultural interests for many years. In the family were twelve children, of whom nine are living. Leroy E. Corlett was educated in the schools of Iowa, where he attended the district schools, also a high school, and the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, Determining upon the practice of law as a life work, he began reading under the direction of his brother, James E., at Elkader, Iowa, and he completed his law studies in Drake University at Des Moines, where he was graduated in the class of 1901. He continued in practice with his brother until January, 1903, when he was elected reading clerk in the house of representatives at Des Moines. In the summer of that year he located in Oskaloosa, where he opened a law office and he was appointed to take charge of the clerk's office of Mahaska county during the absence of Cliff B. West, county clerk, for the winter of 1905-6. He is a young man, but has already attained a creditable position in the ranks of the legal fraternity and his laudable ambition, earnest purpose and capability promise well for the future. In June, 1902, Mr. Corlett was married to Miss Jennie M. Good, a daughter of L. F. and Hannah M. (Cross) Good, of Neoga, Illinois.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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