Biography of Byron D. Beacom
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Byron D. Beacom, who lives retired at Wellsville, is among the prominent and highly esteemed citizens of Columbiana County. He was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, Oct 8, 1851, and is a son of John and Ellen (McClelland) Beacom.

John Beacom spent his entire life in Ohio and was a farmer and stockman, as well as a breeder of fined horses. He was the son of Robert and Catherine (Palmer) Beacom, natives of Enniskillen, County Peranagh, North Ireland. They were Ulster Scots. John Beacom married Ellen McClelland, who was born in Brush Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, April 24, 1826, and died at Wellsville, Jan. 30, 1915. John Beacom died in 1857. He had three sons: Byron D., the subject of this sketch; Judge M. W. and Col. John H., mention of whom is made below.

Judge M. W. Beacom, who lives retired in Cleveland, served as common pleas judge of that district for a period of 12 years, and was law director under the late Tom L. Johnson, former mayor of Cleveland. Newton Baker succeeded him as law director.

Col. John H. Beacom was born in Ross Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, Oct. 8, 1851. He was graduated from West Point Military Academy in the class of 1882, winning his appointment in a competitive examination and receiving the official appointment from President McKinley, then a member of Congress from the 18th Ohio district. Colonel Beacom had a most distinguished military record in his 34 years as an officer in the United States Army, having been assigned to many different missions by the government. On March 15, 1916, he entered Mexico as colonel of the Sixth U. S. Infantry, commanding a brigade, and marched to San Antonio. It was at Colonial Dublin, Mexico, that he was fatally stricken on the 17th day of September, 1916, when he was in the prime of life and rounding out a brilliant career. "In my opinion, Colonel Beacom was one of the ablest officers in our army. His services with this expedition have been of the highest order and second to none," was the report to the war department by General Pershing, commanding the expedition in Mexico, upon the death of Colonel Beacom.

Byron D. Beacom attended the schools of Carroll County, Ohio, and in early life was extensively engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1895 he removed to Columbiana County and for a number of years was identified with the Steubenville, East Liverpool and Beaver Valley Traction Company. He served in the capacity of claim agent until 1908. He was mayor of Wellsville for one term and was nominated for reelection in 1924 but was defeated by the Ku Klux Klan. He has served as a member of them city council for six years and was president of that body for four years. From 1896 until 1903 Mr. Beacom was paymaster of the Everett Moore Syndicate of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1915 he became identified with the financial affairs of the Home Savings & Loan Company of Wellsville, and through his efforts averted a serious financial situation in this section.

Mr. Beacom is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, being a 32nd degree Mason of the Lake Erie Consistory, Valley of Cleveland. In spite of their early hardships, the three members of the Beacom family met with most remarkable success in professional and financial circles.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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