Leonard House

2015 Adams St.     Built 1915     Madison Landmark     National Register     Craftsman Style
Residence of English Professor & Poet William Ellery Leonard from 1906 to 1944.

A poet acclaimed worldwide, translator of classics, and a man confined to his own “phobic prison” caused by being scared by a locomotive as a child. For most of his life on campus he could not travel more than a few hundred yards from his home. In his last years he conducted all lectures from his home.

Married four times including; a student 30 years younger, and two marriages to the same woman. He married Charlotte Freeman, the daughter of his landlord, in 1909. The marriage was short lived, however; she committed suicide on May 4, 1911.

In his psychological autobiography, The Locomotive God (1927) he probed his agoraphobia.