BEALE, Richard Lee Turberville (1819-1893)

BEALE, RICHARD LEE TURBERVILLE, a Representative from Virginia; born in Hickory Hill, Westmoreland County, Va., May 22, 1819; attended private schools in Westmoreland County, Northumberland Academy and Rappahannock Academy, Virginia, and Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.; studied law; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1837; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice at Hague, Westmoreland County, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1848; member of the Virginia constitutional convention in 1850-1851; member of the State senate 1858-1860; during the Civil War rose through a series of promotions from lieutenant to brigadier general in the Confederate Army; elected to the Forty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Beverly B. Douglas; reelected to the Forty-sixth Congress and served from January 23, 1879, to March 3, 1881; resumed the practice of law; died near Hague, Westmoreland County April 21, 1893; interment in Hickory Hill Cemetery.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1848-1862, 3 items.
The papers consist of letters from Richard Lee Turberville Beale, a Virginia lawyer and congressman. The letter written in 1848 asks for a congressional report; the letter written in 1862 to his wife describes his experiences in the Confederate Army.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the Beale and Davis Family Papers, 1836-1933, 4 linear feet.
Persons represented include Richard L.T. Beale. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • Beale, Richard Lee Turberville. History of the Ninth Virginia cavalry, in the war between the states. Richmond, Va.: B. F. Johnson Publishing Company, 1899.
  • [Burt, Samuel H.] List of officers and men of the cavalry brigade of Brig.-Gen. R. L. T. Beale, C. S. Army. Richmond: N.p., 1833-92.