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James Madison Hite BEALE

(1786-1866)

BEALE, James Madison Hite, a Representative from Virginia; born in Mount Airy, Shenandoah County, Va., February 7, 1786; pursued preparatory studies; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member, State house of delegates, 1818-1819; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); chairman, Committee on Invalid Pensions (Twenty-fourth Congress); resumed agricultural pursuits; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Thirty-first Congress), Committee on Manufactures (Thirty-second Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Putnam County, W.Va., August 2, 1866; interment in Beale Cemetery, near Gallipolis Ferry, Mason County, W.Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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