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Image result for Leonard Colton Hanna, JrLeonard Colton Hanna, Jr. (November 5, 1889 – October 5, 1957) was partner and director of Hanna Mining. He was also a philanthropist and the man who built the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Estate in 1924, now on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1914 he became a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cleveland Museum of Art and since 1920 he was on the board of trustees. Patron of arts and fan of sports and theater, visitors to the Hanna Estate included Cole Porter, Gene Tunney, Gloria Swanson, and Joan Crawford.

The Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Estate also known as Kirtland Hills is listed in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Lake County, Ohio, since March 12, 1979.

In 1923, the John Wanamaker store in Philadelphia arranged to send a buyer to England to purchase, disassemble, and import, three stone houses. One of these houses ended up as the guest house on the estate of Edmund S. Burke on County Line Road, Kirtland Hills. Burke was a wealthy Cleveland industrialist who later became the Chairman of the Fourth Federal Reserve District. It was moved from Philadelphia and reconstructed in 1925 at that location by renowned stonesman George Brown.

The house, which dates to 1472, ended up in its present location when Hanna purchased it around 1945 and re-erected it on his property in Kirtland Hills. Hanna had his three hundred acre farm landscaped in the style of an English feudal village. On the grounds are a huge pool and pool house, covered bridge, guest houses, kennels, caretaker's house, sheep barns, and gate house, all of which were constructed here. Most of these face Little Mountain Road.

Following Hanna's death in 1957, the estate was subdivided by Gerald Wearsch and modern homes were built on it. The original house, circa 1472, is still privately owned.

Leonard Colton Hanna, Jr., was born on November 5, 1889, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Leonard C. Hanna, Sr. (1850-1919), a magnate and former professional Baseball player, and Coralie Walker (1852-1936). His sister Fanny Mann Hanna, a leader in Birth Control Aid, married Paul Moore (1886–1959), an American businessman.

Hanna attended University School and The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and then went to Yale University.

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Hanna was with the Army Signal Corps during World War I.

In 1917 he became partner and director of M. A. Hanna Company, now Hanna Mining. Before joining the family business, he had worked in the iron and steel industry to gain experience.

In 1941 he created the Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund, of which he was president and trustees. During his life, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., contributed over $90 million to cultural and charitable institutions, like Karamu House, Cleveland Play House, University Hospitals and Western Reserve University.

During World War II he served with the American Red Cross in England.

Hanna maintained an apartment in New York and was friends with many sports figures, actors, and writers. One of his closest friends was Cole Porter, whom he had met at Yale.

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., died on October 5, 1957, at Kirtland, where he was buried. A memorial is at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland.

He never married and contemporary sources suggested he was gay, and the protector of Winsor French, a reporter with the Cleveland Press to whom Hanna donated enough IBM stocks to make him a wealthy man.

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