Biography of Hon. R. B. Beauchamp
Tipton County, IN Biographies





HON. R. B. BEAUCHAMP, one of the leading lawyers of the Tipton bar, is a native of Grant County, Ind., where he was born October 3, 1845. His father, Curtis Beauchamp, was born in Wayne County, Ind., July 20, 1818, and remained in his native county until his twenty first year, when he removed with his parents to Grant County, Ind. There, on the 7th of January, 1842, he was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Schooley, who was also a native of Wayne County, having been born there October 14, 1824, but removed with her parents, when she was quite young, to Henry County, Ind., whence, after a short residence, she again removed with them to Grant County. In 1844, Isaac Beauchamp, then the only child of Curtis Beauchamp and wife, died, being at the time only a few weeks old. This infant and our subject were the only issue of Curtis and Rachel Beauchamp. When the subject of this sketch was about one year old, his father removed with him to Miami County, Ind., where he had entered 160 acres of land from the Government, on the present site of Amboy. That section of country was then an almost uninhabited wilderness, but he soon had a large portion of his wild tract of land converted into a productive farm. His death occurred in Grant County, Ind., on July 2, 1866. He was an earnest believer in the Christian religion. He lived a strictly honest and honorable life. The mother of our subject resides in Tipton, on the same lot that contains the residence of her son. R. B. Beauchamp received his education from the common schools of the State and the high school of Marion, the county seat of Grant County. Several years were spent in teaching, when, in 1869, he took up the study of the law at Marion, Ind. After two years' study, he removed to Tipton, and entered upon the practice of his profession. in 1872, after a residence of one year, he was elected District Attorney of the district, including the counties of Tipton, Hamilton, Howard, Clinton and Grant. But the General Assembly of 1872-73 abolished Common Pleas Courts and the office of District Attorney, so that Mr. Beauchamp only discharged the duties of that office about three months. In 1874, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney for the Thirty sixth Judicial District, composed of the counties of Howard and Tipton, and filled that office for one term of two years. Up to the year 1878, Mr. Beauchamp had always been an energetic Republican, but becoming dissatisfied with the position taken by that party on Some of the leading questions of the day, he transferred his allegithee to the Democratic party. As an indication of the feeling existing between him and his new political associates, it is only necessary to say that at a mass convention of the Democracy of Tipton County, held in the Opera iiouse, in the spring of 1882, he was unanimously chosen as the candidate of that county for Congress. He was married in Lawrence County, Ill., October 25, 1871. t.o Miss Carrie Frazer. They have a family of two children, consisting of Carrie E. (known as Bonnie), and Ora E. Beauchamp. Mr. Beauchamp was at one time the partner of Judge N. R. Overman, and, on the election of that gentleman to the bench, succeeded to his extensive and lucrative practice.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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