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BEALL, Samuel Wootton, lawyer, born in Montgomery, Maryland, 26 September 1807; died in Helena, Montana, 26 September 1868. He was graduated at Union in 1827, and studied law at Litchfield. During the same year he married Miss Elizabeth Fenimore Cooper, and, through the influence of Chief-Justice Taney, a personal friend of the family, was appointed, in 1827, receiver for the sale of public lands in the northwest, having his office in Green Bay, Wisconsin He returned to Cooperstown in 1834, and lived for some years in a beautiful residence called "' Woodside," gathering around him a brilliant circle of cultured and refined society, prominent among whom were J. Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, James Watson Webb, and the English ballad-singer Henry Russell. Later he returned to Wisconsin, and was engaged in agriculture, being the first to introduce blooded cattle into the northwest. About this time his mother died in Maryland, leaving him over thirty slaves and some slight property. Southerner though he was, and straitened in circumstances in comparison with his earlier life, the spirit of the free west led him to liberate his slaves, lie further devoted the entire proceeds obtained from the sale of the property to the support of these slaves as long as the means lasted, or until they were able to earn a living for themselves. In 1846 lie was elected to the constitutional convention from the county of Marquette, and was prominent in the organization of the state government. Again, in 1847-'8, he served similarly in the convention then assembled, and in 1850 became lieutenant governor of the state, serving for two years. He then became Indian agent, and was among the first to take chiefs of tribes under his care to Washington. Among these were the sachems of Munsees and Stockbridge tribes. One chief of the latter tribe, John Quincey, created much interest and wonder by the delivery of an eloquent speech, now recorded in history as a sample of remarkable power and pathos. This speech was written by Mr. Beall, and taught word by word to the chief, even to the questions, who proved an apt scholar to so able a teacher. The original manuscript is still carefully preserved among the family possessions. In 1859 he led a party to Pike's Peak, and while on this expedition with others located the city of Denver. This place immediately started into rapid growth, and during the following winter Mr. Beall was sent to Washington to obtain a charter for the city. He resided in Denver until 1861, when he returned to Wisconsin. At the beginning of the civil war he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 18th Wisconsin regiment, and he was in the various engagements from Shiloh to Vicksburg. Having been severely wounded, he was then transferred to the invalid corps. Shortly after the war he settled at Helena, where he was shot during an altercation.
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