Arends, Leslie Cornelius
- Michael J. Devine
Arends, Leslie Cornelius (27 September 1895–16 July 1985), businessman and politician, was born in Melvin, Illinois, the son of George Teis Arends, a businessman and farmer, and Talea Weiss. After graduating from Melvin High School in 1912, he attended Oberlin College for two years and then briefly attended Illinois Wesleyan University. He enlisted in the navy during World War I. Following his discharge in 1919 he returned to Melvin to work in the grain business and in the small Commercial State Bank founded by his father. A tall, easygoing, and likable young veteran, Arends enjoyed success in business and was elected district commander of the American Legion. In 1935 he became a member of the Ford County (Ill.) Farm Bureau and in 1938 joined the Board of Trustees of Illinois Wesleyan University....