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Leesburg is Lake Countys oldest city and at one time was the county seat while a part of Sumter County.
The city claimed 1857 as its birthday when Leesburg celebrated its centennial in 1957, recognizing the year that the citys
namesake, Evander Lee, and his family came to the area.
While Lee became the areas first permanent settler, Thomas Robertson and his 21-year-old son, John Marmaduke
Robertson came to what would become Leesburg in 1843, or likely a year sooner. They lived in what would become the
heart of Leesburg for 11 years before Thomas sold the property and moved back to Moss Bluff. John later sold his property and
founded the nearby community of Whitney.
Evander Lee moved to the area in 1857, a year after his father died. They had moved to Adamsville from Alabama in 1849.
Evander McIver Lee brought with him his wife Susan and eight children. He purchased the old Thomas Robertson homestead
from James Fussell for $3,300. Several Lee brothers also joined Evander, and his brother, Calvin Lee, is credited with giving
Leesburg its name. Calvin and Evander had built a log store on Main Street where the public restroom is now located.
When Calvin went on a buying trip to New York City and was asked where to ship the merchandise, he reportedly told his
suppliers to bill his goods to "Leesburg."
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