Van Leshout, a native of Illinois, came to Louisville to work as an artist for the Louisville Courier-Journal and its sister paper, the Louisville Times, in 1914. He trained as an artist in both the United States and in Europe, and worked for other newspapers prior to moving to Kentucky. Van Leshout left the Courier-Journal and Times in 1921 to head the Louisville School of Art and work parttime for a rival newspaper, the Louisville Herald-Post. He also worked as a music instructor prior to his death in 1930.
Alexander Van Leshout's "Louisvillians and Their Hobbies". University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/568 Accessed September 18, 2019.