Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
At the outbreak of war, Dan Bentley ( Thomas Meighan ), small-town lawyer and celebrated fisherman, enlists and goes to France. There he meets Katherine Fendle ( Lois Wilson ), who is in Red Cross work. She is the sister of a wealthy citizen of his hometown. Dan distinguishes himself and is given a reception upon returning home. Katherine persuades him to run for Congress against Blagdon ( James Neill ), the regular nominee and machine man; and Oglesby Fendle ( William P. Carleton ) and Colonel De Mott ( Theodore Roberts ) offer to finance him if he agrees to protect their interests. Dan refuses, believing that Katherine has used him to further her brother's ends, and disappears from town. Blagdon sides with the schemers, but Katherine gets Dan back in the race; when he is elected, Dan goes to Washington with his new bride.
This 1922 silent was produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, starring Thomas Meighan and Lois Wilson. The survival status of Our Leading Citizen (1922) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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