Biography of Hon. M. D. Beckwith
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Beckwith, Hon. M. D., Colton, was born in Oppenheim, Fulton county, August 24, 1829, a son of Ira Beckwith, of Connecticut, one of Fulton county's early settlers. Our snbject was educated at the Little Falls Academy and Fairfield Seminary, and read law with Wells & Dudley, of Johnstown, and Josiah Miller, of Seneca Falls, and was admitted to the bar in 1859. He was school commissioner of Herkimer county from 1864 to 1866, when he moved to this town, where for several years he had charge of the local office of George Parish. From 1871 to 1876 he was justice of the peace, and from that time till 1882 was supervisor. In the latter year he was elected to the Assembly, where he served two terms, He practiced law in Colton twenty five years, and in 1890 moved to Canton and formed a law partnership with P. R. McMonagle, and here be resided until his death March 9, 1892. He married in 1861 in Herkimer county Sarah H., daughter of William Doyle, a native of Ohio, who died when Mrs. Beckwith was an infant, and she was adopted by John A. Barrett, of Salisbury Center, Herkimer county. The wife of Mr. Doyle was Eliza Nicholas, who spent her last days with Mrs. Beckwith, and died April 5, 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith adopted one son, Herbert M.

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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