69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
BECK, Joseph David (1866-1936)

BECK, JOSEPH DAVID, a Representative from Wisconsin; born near Bloomingdale, Vernon County, Wis., March 14, 1866; attended the common schools; taught in the public schools of the State for twelve years; was graduated from the State Normal School, Stevens Point, Wis., in 1897 and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1903; clerk of the State bureau of statistics of Wisconsin in 1901; deputy commissioner of statistics in 1902; chief of the department of labor statistics 1903-1913; president of the International Association of Labor Bureau Officials 1911-1913; chairman of the Industrial Commission of Wisconsin 1913-1917; engaged in agricultural pursuits and in stock raising near Viroqua, Vernon County, in 1917; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1929); was not a candidate for renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Wisconsin in 1928; resumed agricultural pursuits; appointed a member of the State department of agriculture and markets in 1931 and served until his death in Madison, Wis., November 8, 1936; interment in Viroqua Cemetery, Viroqua, Wis.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the La Follette Family Papers, ca. 1844-1988, 602 linear feet.
Correspondents include Joseph D. Beck. A finding aid is available in the library.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, WI
Papers: 1901-1937, 0.6 cubic foot.
The papers of Joseph David Beck contain mainly letters written by him to his wife, who managed the Beck dairy farm in Viroqua and other property during his absences. Some description of his life in Washington is included, as well as information on the Labor Bureau of the Wisconsin Industrial Commission, on which Joseph Beck served for sixteen years. The correspondence from 1931 to 1936, when Joseph Beck was a state commissioner of agriculture and markets, contains information on the problems of Wisconsin farmers during the depression years. For the most part, however, Joseph Beck and his wife exchanged information about their farms and their livestock. Several speeches are included, nine of which were made in 1928 when he ran for the Republican gubernatorial nomination; others relate to the work of the Wisconsin Industrial Commission, American intervention abroad, 1925, and other political campaigns.