Leon E. Todd, Sr.

Leon Edgar Todd Sr. was born in Camden NJ on November 22, 1893. He operated his real estate agency for many years in Camden at 2623 Westfield Avenue, a building designed by the Camden architectural firm of Lackey & Hettel. Besides handling real estate transactions between buyers and sellers, Leon Todd developed several neighborhoods. One of his most successful projects were the row homes built between Rosedale Street and Westfield Avenue, below North 33rd Street, in East Camden, which were completed in 1925. He also was involved in the fundraising drive which culminated in the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel at Broadway and Cooper streets in 1925.

Later in the 1920s, Leon Todd became involved in the development of Medford Lakes, and was instrumental in that town’s becoming an independent borough. He had founded the Medford Lakes Colony Club in 1927, and developed the area, known for its log cabins. In 1939 Medford Lakes separated from Medford Township, and Mr. Todd was unanimously elected the town’s first mayor.

Leon Todd’s son, Ensign Leon E. Todd Jr. was killed in action in the South Pacific while serving with the United States Navy on July 2, 1943. Leon E. Todd Sr. died while on vacation in Pompano Beach FL on February 10, 1959.

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