William H. H. Beadle

William H. H. Beadle Letter
Jan. 1, 1870
1 folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Edythe Huffman, Mar. 2013

Biographical Note:

William Henry Harrison Beadle was born Jan. 1, 1838 in Parke County, Indiana.  He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1861, with a specialization in civil engineering.  He served in the Civil War, both in Indiana and Michigan units and was discharged with the rank of brevet brigadier-general.  He received his LL.B. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1867 and practiced law in Evansville, IN and Boscobel, WI.  He was appointed in March 1869, as Surveyor General of the Dakota Territory and was appointed Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1879.   He served as president of the Madison State Normal School from 1889 to 1906 and served as professor of history until he retired in 1912.  He died Nov. 13, 1915, while visiting his daughter in San Francisco, CA.  There is a statue of him in the United States Capitol building Rotunda in Washington, D.C., with the inscription, “He Saved the School Lands”.  He is buried in Albion, MI.


“Beadle, William Henry Harrison”. (1949)  In Indiana Authors and their books, 1816-1916: biographical sketches of authors who published during the first century of Indiana statehood, with lists of their books. (p. 21).  Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College.  ISLI 16.810 B291I
Passic, Frank.  (n.d.)  William Henry Harrison Beadle. 

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a letter from William H. H. Beadle, Surveyor General, Yankton, Dakota Territory, to Vice President Schuyler Colfax of Indiana, suggesting his brother, John H. Beadle, as a witness for Congress regarding his study of Mormonism in Utah.  John H. Beadle, a journalist, gathered material for a book, tentatively entitled, according to the letter, The American Saints and Their Territory.  He did publish at least 3 books specifically concerning Mormons.

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Collection Inventory

Folder and Item Listing:

Folder 1.  Letter

1-22-1870 William H. Beadle to Schuyler Colfax

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1870
Provenance:  Argosy, 10-23-1942
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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Collection Notes: 

MA BA 4-19-2013