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Guide to the Adna Wright Leonard Collection

Prepared by Robert Drew Simpson, Assistant Archivist and Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History, Madison, New Jersey

(Published for the Drew University Methodist Library)

Overview of Records

Record Creator: Leonard, Adna Wright
Title: Adna Wright Leonard Collection
Dates: 1915- 1940
Abstract: Adna Wright Leonard (1874-1943), American bishop, was born November 2, 1874 in Cincinnati. Leonard married Mary Luella Day on October 9, 1901. Adna Leonard was ordained in the Cincinnati Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1899. He served as bishop in several posts, and was killed in a plane crash in 1943 while touring as a member of the Commission of Chaplains.
Extent: 0.45 cu. feet
Resource ID: drew.ms.2396

Biographical Note

Adna Wright Leonard (1874-1943), American bishop, was born November 2, 1874 in Cincinnati. He was the only son of Reverend and Mrs. A.B. Leonard. His father was the mission secretary of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Leonard married Mary Luella Day on October 9, 1901. Two children were born of their marriage.

Leonard was educated at New York University, Drew Theological Seminary, and The American School of Archeology in Rome. After the completion of his education Leonard was ordained in the Cincinnati Annual Conference in 1899. He served churches in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Rome, Ohio, and Washington State.

In 1916 he was elected a bishop and served in San Francisco (1916-1924), Buffalo, (1924-1932), Pittsburgh (1932-1940), and Washington, D.C., (1940-1943).

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked him to tour the American forces in Europe and Africa as a representative of the Commission on Chaplains of the Federal Council of Churches. It was on this mission that Leonard was killed in an airplane crash over Iceland. He was buried there.

Scope Note

This collection is comprised of two letters 1915 and 1939 of regular communication; a manuscript of one of Leonard's seven books entitled Ancient Fires on Modern Altars; three Books of Appreciation; one 1931 from Layman's Association of the Genesee Conference; 1939 Pittsburg Conference Preacher's Meeting; 1940 Friends of the Pittsburg Conference.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

Arrangement is by record type, then chronological by calendar date.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Adna Wright Leonard Collection, Drew University Methodist Collection, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the item' s call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection. Copyright still owned by Drew University. Permissions to publish must be directed to Drew University.

Restrictions on Use

Detailed use restrictions relating to our collections can be requested from the office of the archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History. Photocopying is handled by the staff and may be limited in certain instances. Before using any material for publication from this collection a formal request for permission to publish is expected and required.

Subject Terms

Subject Names - Corporate
Methodist Church (U.S.)
Methodist Episcopal Church
Subject Topics
Church work
Subject Geographic
United States.
Guest registers.

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
2127-3-4: 2 Ancient Fires on Modern Altars 1931
2127-3-4: 1 Correspondence 1915-1939
2127-3-4: 3 Resolution of Appreciation 1931
2127-3-4: 4 Book of Appreciation Pittsburg Conference 1939
2127-3-4: 5 Book of Appreciation Friends of the Pittsburg Conference 1940