BEECHER, Philemon (1775-1839)

BEECHER, PHILEMON, a Representative from Ohio; born in Kent, Litchfield County, Conn., in 1775; received a classical education; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Lancaster, Ohio, in 1801 and continued the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1803 and 1805-1807, serving as speaker in 1807; unsuccessful candidate in 1807 for election to the United States Senate, and also as judge of the Ohio Supreme Court; major general in the State militia; elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1820 to the Seventeenth Congress; elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1829); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; engaged in the practice of law in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, until his death there November 30, 1839; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Ethan Allen Brown Papers, 1806-1845, 2.5 cubic feet.
Other authors include Philemon Beecher.

Papers: In the Thomas Ewing Family Papers, ca. 1757-1941, 123.2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Philemon Beecher. A finding aid is available in the library.