Physician. Medwin Leale was born in New York City on Aug. 26, 1873, to Charles A. and Rebecca Medwin Copcutt Leale. His father was the first physician to reach Abraham Lincoln after he was shot at Ford’s Theater; Leale remained with Lincoln until the president’s death the next morning.
Medwin Leale was educated at Columbia University (A.B., 1894, M.D., 1896) and served an internship at Roosevelt Hospital. He joined Squadron A of the New York National Guard in 1892 and eventually attained the rank of captain. During the Spanish-American War he served as surgeon to the New York Volunteer Cavalry, a unit that took part in the invasion of Puerto Rico. He was also physician to the headquarters of General Nelson A. Miles, the operation’s commander.
After the war Leale maintained a private practice while also serving a number of hospitals in New York City and Nassau County, N.Y. In January, 1900 he married Matilda Howard Marvin of a socially prominent Brooklyn family. They had two daughters. He died June 30, 1934 in New York City.