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George Monroe BEEBE

(1836-1927)

BEEBE, George Monroe, a Representative from New York; born in New Vernon, Orange County, N.Y., October 28, 1836; attended the common schools, and Walkill Academy, Middletown, N.Y.; studied law and was graduated from the Albany Law University in 1857; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Monticello, Sullivan County, N.Y.; moved to Peoria, Ill., in 1857 and became editor of the Central Illinois Democrat; moved to Troy, Doniphan County, Territory of Kansas, in 1858 and continued the practice of law; member of the Territorial council in 1858 and 1859; appointed by President Buchanan as secretary of the Territory in 1859; Acting Governor in 1860 and 1861; moved to St. Joseph, Mo., in 1861 and to Virginia City, Nev., in 1863, continuing the practice of his profession; unsuccessful candidate for associate judge of the State supreme court in 1865; returned to Monticello, N.Y., and became editor of the Republican Watchman in 1866; unsuccessful candidate for the State senate in 1871; member of the State assembly in 1872 and 1873; commissioned by Governor Dix as chief of artillery with the rank of colonel in the Fifth Division, National Guard of New York, in 1873; resigned in 1874 to enter Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on Mines and Mining (Forty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress; resumed his former newspaper pursuits; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1876, 1880, and 1892; member of the State court of claims from 1883 until 1900; resided at Monticello until 1892 when he moved to Ellenville, N.Y.; retired from active business pursuits in 1900; died in Ellenville, Ulster County, N.Y., on March 1, 1927; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Newburgh, N.Y.

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

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