Biography of John N. Beach
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





JOHN NOBLE BEACH, son of Uri and Hannah (Noble) Beach, was born in Amity, Madison County, Ohio, January 29, 1829. His youth was passed in Amity and on a farm, one mile west of where John Taylor now lives. At the age of thirteen, he went into the store of Charles McCloud, of Amity, then the principal store in the northern part of the county. He remained with him two years, attending school during the winters. At the age of fifteen, he taught his first school, the old log schoolhouse standing about one hundred yards south of where Solomon Cary's elegant residence now is. For this service he received the munificent salary of $8 per month and board, though the later item was not of interest to the community or teacher, as he boarded with his mother. For the next three years he taught school winters, spending the summer of 1846 in school at the University, Delaware. Ohio, and the two summers following reading medicine with Dr. Charles McCloud, and the winters of 1848-49 and 1849-50 attending lectures at the Starling Medical College, Columbus, Ohio, whence he graduated an M. D. February 25, 1850. In the spring of 1849, after his first course of lectures, he commenced practice at Unionville Center, Union County, Ohio, and returned there after his graduation a year later. Remained there until the fall of 1851, when he went to New York for the further prosecution of his studies, attending a partial course at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, but giving most of his time to study in the hospitals. After an absence of six months, he returned to Unionville again, where he remained another year, removing to Pleasant Valley (now Plain City) in 1853, and to Jefferson, Ohio, in 1858. April 14, 1862, he was commissioned Surgeon of the Fortieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, then in Eastern Kentucky. On the 19th day of the same month, he joined the regiment at Piketon, Ky., and remained on duty with it until the following September, when he was assigned to staff duty. From that time until the close of his service, although giving much personal attention to his regiment, he was on continuous staff duty, as follows: Surgeon of the Third Brigade, Army of the Kanawha. in the fall of 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio; Medical Director of the District of Eastern Kentucky, in the winter of 1862-63, at Catlettsburg, Ky.; Medical Director of the Third Division (Gen. Baird's), Army of the Ohio, in the spring of 1863, at Franklin, Tenn.; Surgeon of First Brigade, First Division, Reserve Corps, from July 24, 1863, antil the re-organization of the army, after the battle of Chickamauga, and from that time until his muster-out, December 6, 1864, he was Surgeon of the Second Brigade (Gen. Whittaker's), First Division, Fourth Army Corps. Upon the opening of the Atlanta campaign, in the spring of 1864, in addition to his staff duties, he was assigned as one of the three operating surgeons in the hospital of the First Division, Fourth Army Corps, a position he retained, until after the fall of Atlanta. After his muster-out of the service, he returned to Jefferson, where he has continued to reside. Upon the organization of the Columbus Medical College, in 1875. he was elected. by the Trustees Professor of General Pathology, a position he resigned a year later, the duties of the chair interfering with other engagements. In 1875, was elected a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. In 1878, he was commissioned Surgeon of the Fourteenth Regiment Ohio National Guards, a position he still retains. In January, 1880, he was appointed on the military staff of Gov. Charles Foster, as Surgeon General of Ohio, and in 1882 was honored by a re-appointment to the same position. Is a member of the State Medical Society, and was elected one of its Secretaries in 1868. Is a member of the Central Ohio Medical Society, and was its President in 1881-82. Is a member of the Madison County Medical Society, and has been its President. Married, June 1, 1858, Eliza J., daughter of Daniel and Anna (Kiser) Snyder, of Champaign County, Ohio, by whom he had the following children: Edith, born in Jefferson, Ohio, February 16, 1860; Anna, born in Jefferson, Ohio, July 26, 1865.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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