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EISBACH, Leo J. (Dubuque, IA, Aug. 17, 1900--Dubuque, IA, July 14, 1956). Nationally known as the largest sheriff in the United States, Eisbach stood 6 feet 5.5 inches tall and weighed 346 pounds.

Between 1927 and 1931, Eisbach served as president of Dubuque Local 17 of the Bricklayers and Masons and Plasterers International Union. He was one of the inspectors representing the Midwest Engineering Company during the construction of the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS. He then went to work at a salesman for the Rock Wool Insulation Company of Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Beginning in 1933, he served as chief deputy in the Dubuque County sheriff's office and became the sheriff in 1939.




"Leo Eisbach, Ex-Sheriff, Dead at 55," The Telegraph-Herald, July 15, 1956, p. 1