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John B Beck

Birth
Shrewsbury, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Oct 1890 (aged 77)
Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 104900883 · View Source
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  JOHN B. BECK, deceased, was born in Shrewsbury, York county, Pennsylvania, February 5, 1813, and grew to manhood in his native county. In 1839 he came to, Williamsport, when that flourishing city was a mere hamlet, and he was identified with its growth and prosperity for half a century. He learned the tailor's trade before coming to this city, and afterwards engaged in that business for a short time. In 1863 he formed a partnership with his son, Samuel M., and engaged in the hardware business. In 1865 another son, Newton X., became a member of the firm, which was known as Beck Brothers & Company. H. L. Beck was admitted to the firm in 1873, and continued the business in partnership with his father until the death of the latter in October, 1890, when he became sole proprietor. In early manhood Mr. Beck began to take an active interest in political affairs, and was a stanch supporter of the Democratic party. He served as sheriff of Lycoming county from 1850 to 1853, and in the latter year he was elected to the legislature and served one term. In 1862 he was again elected to the legislature, and re-elected in 1863. In 1867 he was elected to represent this district in the State Senate, and was a prominent member of that body. At the close of this term Mr. Beck retired from active participation in political matters, although his power and influence were frequently felt afterwards, when matters of great political moment demanded the attention of skilled directors. Mr. Beck was twice married, but survived both wives. His first wife was Mary A., daughter of the Rev. Butler, a well known Methodist minister of York county, Pennsylvania. Four sons and two daughters were the fruits of this union: Margaret J., widow of Thomas Smith: William B., brevetted lieutenant colonel of the United States Army and captain of the Fifth United States Artillery; Emma E., wife of Col. F. E. Embick, of Williamsport; Samuel M., who was born March 16, 1840, was a private in Company A, Eleventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, married Miss E. E. Rathmell, and died June 24, 1875; Henry L., and Newton X., who was born October 27, 1843, married Elizabeth Scates, who survives him, and died January 23, 1876. Mrs. John B. Beck was born September 11, 1813, and died December 4, 1870. His second marriage was to Josephine White, Of Philadelphia, of which union there was no issue. Mr. Beck possessed a rugged constitution, and enjoyed robust health up to within a few years of his death. He was widely known throughout the Susquehanna valley, and was highly respected by a large circle of friends.


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  • Originally Created by: Diana Smith 47661786
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 104900883
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