He was born in New York. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he ran away from home to serve in the war. After the war, he moved to Illinois, and to Streator in 1870. He published the Monitor newspaper, changing it from a weekly to daily newspaper in 1882. The building at 126 S. Sterling bears his name.
William Bean was elected mayor of Streator three times. Bean was mayor at the time of the LaFayette bridge scandal. A contract to build the bridge was awarded against the mayor's protest. The bridge proved to be inferior, and Bean refused to make payment for it. The high courts decided in favor of the city. Some aldermen were found guilty of bribery. The bridge was removed and the company went bankrupt. Mayor Bean was greatly praised for his courage and honesty, receiving a gold watch on Nov. 6, 1901, in appreciation. He also served as town clerk, supervisor and county board member.
-Riverview Cemetery: A self guided tour, 2nd ed. p 12.
Plot: Block 17 Lot 46
GPS (lat/lon): 41.12432, -88.84911
Created by: Timothy M. Coplin
Record added: Nov 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31716895