Biography of Thomas H. Beal
Madison County, NY Biographies





Beal, Thomas H., p. o. Hamilton, was born in Hamilton, N. Y., December 29, 1852, a son of John Beal, a native of Wexford. Ireland, who came to America in 1848, and Catherine Code, his wife. Thomas H. was educated in his native village, and began the active duties of life as a clerk, in which capacity he continued for twelve years, when he formed a partnership with J. M. Banning, which existed seven years and was dissolved in 1884. In July, 1885, he was appointed postmaster at Hamilton by President Cleveland and occupied that office until May, 1890. Soon after entering upon his duties as postmaster he moved the office to the Smith Block and equipped it with a modern outfit: the people of Hamilton are indebted to him more than any one else for the fine post office accommodations they now enjoy. In 1891 he purchased the old Banning drug business and conducted it one year, when he took O. S. Nichols as partner and bought out Bonney & Welton's drug business. In 1896 Mr. Nichols died and Mr. Beal conducted the business alone until May 1, 1898, when the firm became Beal & Beebe. In 1882 Mr. Beal was nominated for the assembly by the Democratic party and made a splendid contest in a Republican district, and was again nominated in 1883. In 1892 Mr. Beal was put forward by his party for Congress and cut down a regular Republican majority of 8,000 to 3,500. He has always been an ardent Democrat and has frequently been a delegate to county and State conventions, as well as chairman of the county committee. He is a prominent Mason; a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Commandery, Shrine and Veiled Prophets, and has been high priest of the chapter for the past ten years. He is chief engineer of the Hamilton fire department and has been a member of the department for twenty five years.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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