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Landis, Kenesaw Mountainlocked

(20 November 1866–25 November 1944)
  • Norman L. Rosenberg

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Landis, Kenesaw Mountain (20 November 1866–25 November 1944), federal judge and baseball commissioner, was born in Millville, Ohio, the son of Abraham Hoch Landis, a physician and farmer, and Mary Kumler. He was named after Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia, the site of a Civil War battle in which his father, a surgeon in the Union army, had lost a leg. Kenesaw—his father dropped an “n” when christening his son—moved to Indiana with his family in 1874 and grew up in Logansport. Despite his short stature and slight physique, young Landis gained a statewide reputation as a bicycle racer and played for amateur baseball teams in the Logansport area....

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