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STEPHENS, JOHN LEONARD (1852–1934). John Leonard Stephens, businessman, son of Napoleon B. and Rebekah (Hughes) Stephens, was born in Kenton County, Kentucky, on March 26, 1852. He was a bookkeeper in the German National Bank at Covington, Kentucky, from 1872 to 1877, before he began a wire-manufacturing industry that grew into the American Wire Nail Company. From 1885 to 1897 he was a newsprint broker. In 1899 Stephens moved to Dallas, Texas, and established the Southwestern Electrical Engineering and Construction Company. A prominent Mason and general secretary of all Scottish Rite bodies in Dallas, Stephens was elected knight commander of the Court of Honor in 1907 and inspector general in 1911. He was a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, the Red Cross of Constantine, and the Shrine. In 1916 he served as deputy district grand master of Texas, and from 1916 to 1931 he was grand representative of the Grand Lodge of the Philippine Islands. Stephens married Mary Carr Cochran on January 12, 1875; they were parents of three children. He died on March 16, 1934, and was buried in Dallas.

Dallas Morning News, March 17, 1934. Who Was Who in America, 1943.

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