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Blood, Leonard T., 1894-1962


District Deputy Labor Commissioner Leonard Blood worked for the Las Vegas Labor Commission, hiring employees for the construction of the Boulder (later renamed Hoover) Dam from 1931 to 1938 in Nevada. Blood, born on November 7, 1894, came to Nevada from Lincoln, Nebraska with his parents, William Blood, a train conductor and his mother, Carrie Blood, a nurse. During Blood's time as the District Deputy Labor Commissioner, it was his responsibility to hire employees for the construction of the Boulder Dam. By a personal proclamation from President Franklin Roosevelt, Blood became the first deputy to implement the Veterans Preference Law, which gave job preference to World War One veterans. Blood was a navy veteran of World War One and World War Two and worked on the Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas, Nevada before retirement. He also belonged to the Las Vegas Chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American League, the Masons, and was a Charter Officer in the Elks Lodge. Leonard Blood passed away on August 24, 1962, at the age of sixty-five.