Henry Rumrill Beebe was born in Utica, November 22, 1878. He is a son of Leonard Vernal Beebe and Emily
(Taylor) Beebe, the mother a daughter of Lorenzo M. Taylor, who was one of Utica's earliest land surveyors and
for years the best known.
Mr. Beebe was educated in the public schools of Utica and Portland, Maine. where he lived for six years. He was
graduated from the Utica Free Academy, and a year later entered the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N.
Y. He was graduated from this institution with the degree of civil engineer in 1904 and was awarded the MacDonald
prize for the most meritorious graduation thesis.
Prior to entering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and during subsequent vacations. Mr. Beebe was employed in
various engineering positions: first in the surveying office of L. M. and C. S. Taylor; later with John R. Baxter
in the preparation of the city tax maps; then in the city engineer's office as chairman, leveller and assistant
to the city engineer; also in the U. S. Geological Survey, Department of Hydrography as assistant engineer. The
latter position he held for a year after graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic institute.
In 1905 Mr. Beebe formed a partnership with Mr. Frank Besch of Troy, N. Y., under the name of Besch & Beebe,
general contractors. For several years the firm carried on general contracting, building the large intercepting
sewer in Utica, laying pavements in Troy and constructing a new filtration system in Albany with water and coal
storage structures, etc.
On January 1, 1910, Mr Beebe was appointed commissioner of public works by Mayor Frederick Gillmore.
Mr. Beebe is a member of the Theta Xi fraternity, the Arcanum Club, Utica and the Rome Club. In 1911 he was elected
an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In politics Mr. Beebe is a democrat.
On June 24, 1911, Mr. Beebe was married to Miss D. Mertice Sessions, a daughter of Frederick W. and L. Isadore
Sessions of Utica.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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