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Erasmus Williams BECK

(1833-1898)

BECK, Erasmus Williams, a Representative from Georgia; born in McDonough, Henry County, Ga., October 21, 1833; attended the local schools of his native county, a private school, and Mercer University, Macon, Ga., for two years; in 1855, on account of ill health, returned to McDonough and began the study of law; moved to Griffin, Ga., in 1856 and continued his law studies; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Griffin, Ga.; served for a short period in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, but was invalided home on account of ill health; during the war was solicitor general of the Flint circuit; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thomas J. Speer and served from December 2, 1872, to March 3, 1873; was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of his profession at Griffin, Ga.; judge of the city court of Griffin from 1890 until his death in that city on July 22, 1898; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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