Law: Litigous Leiters

When old Chicago's Levi Zeigler Leiter died in 1904, aged 69, he left behind him a wife, a son, three daughters and $30,000,000. Born in Maryland in 1834 he arrived in Chicago at 21, got a job as bookkeeper in a wholesale dry goods house. When the Civil War broke out in 1861 Levi, then 26, was no patriotic fool. While the blood of other men his age ran red from Bull Run to Appomattox he grew so rich selling goods to the Government that in 1865 he was able to plunk $130,000...

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