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Warren W. Beckwith
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Birth: 1833
Monroe County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 17, 1905
Mount Pleasant
Henry County
Iowa, USA

4 Ia Cav 1861 - 64 - Capt. Co. C



Was Well Known in This City and All Over the State of Iowa Veteran of Civil War.

Captain Warren Beckwith of Mt. Pleasant, but equally known in this city, dropped dead last evening at his home in that town, succumbing to a heat stroke. In the afternoon he had driven to his farm accompanied by his guests, J. W. Blythe and Horace Rand of this city, to show them his fine cattle. While there he was prostrated by the heat, and after being revived to some extent was taken to his home. He appeared to be some better last evening and, while talking with his family expired without a word of warning. The news of the death of Captain Beckwith will be greeted with the profoundest sorrow by his many friends in this city, by whom he was admired and respected.

The deceased was born in the year of 1833 in Henrietta, N. Y., and received his education in the Monroe academy and the Genesee Wesleyan seminary at Lema, [sic] N. Y. He early mastered the civil engineering profession and pursued this profession in the east until 1854, when he came west and assisted in laying out the town of Pawnee City, Kansas, which at that time was the capital of the state, and helped design the capitol building.

In 1856, Captain Beckwith came to Burlington and entered the employ of the B. & M. railroad as a civil engineer, where he remained until 1860, when he went to Texas with a big herd of sheep and was there when the war broke out. He returned to Burlington in September, 1861, where he enlisted as a private in Company C. of the 4th Iowa cavalry, and served throughout the war. He was promoted to be a first lieutenant and then captain, and at the close of the war his services were so appreciated by the war department, that he was offered a commission as captain in the regular army, but he declined it and returned to his old occupation of engineering. In 1872 after the consolidation of the Burlington line he was made chief engineer and superintendent of track for the whole C., B. & Q. system, where he served with signal ability.

He retired from the service of the railroad ten years ago and has been living a quiet life since. He was largely interested in business enterprises and one of his hobbies was blooded stock and his farms near Mt. Pleasant contain some of the best breeds in the country. He was a heavy stockholder in the Western Wheel Scraper Co. and the Inland Coal Co. of Chariton, Iowa, and other projects. He was also one of the founders of the Mt. Pleasant Republican.

Captain Beckwith was married in 1863 to Luzenia Porter, a daughter of Colonel A. B. Porter, one of the pioneer residents of Henry county. They had five children, namely: Everett, Orville, Emily, Florence and Warren, all living now except Miss Florence, who died several years ago from a malignant attack of diphtheria. Mrs. Luzenia Beckwith died in 1880, and he married a second time, his second wife being Miss Sarah E. Porter, a sister of his first wife.

Source: Burlington Evening Gazette, 18 Jul 1905

Listed at the request of pmfrench (#47453952) 
Family links: 
  George Lebrun Beckwith (1800 - 1883)
  Sarah W. Winslow Beckwith (1805 - 1885)
  Luzenia Wallace Porter Beckwith (1842 - 1880)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Porter Beckwith (1845 - 1935)*
  Everett Beckwith (1864 - 1929)*
  Orville Beckwith (1867 - 1920)*
  Florence Beckwith (1872 - 1896)*
  Warren Wallace Beckwith (1874 - 1955)*
  Warren W. Beckwith (1833 - 1905)
  Edward Everett Beckwith (1844 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Home Cemetery
Mount Pleasant
Henry County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Block 17, Lot 44
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Record added: Apr 10, 2007
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Warren W. Beckwith
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