Ragan was born in Iowa in 1897 and attended the Cumming School of Art in Des Moines. He later went on to attend the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ragan's train illustrations have become art deco icons.
- "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9KR-73W : accessed 1 May 2016), Leslie D Ragan in household of Charles Ragan, Boyer Township Woodbine town, Harrison, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 4B, family 71, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,436.
- "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGMS-58H : accessed 1 May 2016), Leslie D Ragan in household of Olive Ragan, Boyer, Harrison, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 67, sheet 3A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,418.
- "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24Z9-3VL : accessed 1 May 2016), Leslie D. Ragan and Mildred M. Enes, 20 Mar 1929; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,653,672.
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