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BEACH, William Augustus, lawyer, born in Saratoga Springs, New York, 13 December 1809; died in Tarrytown, 28 June 1884. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, began practice in his native town, and in 1840 was elected district attorney of Saratoga County In 1855 he removed to Troy, and continued active in his profession until 1870, when he settled in New York. Here he established the law firm of Beach & Brown, and attained a high reputation, becoming one of the most prominent advocates of his time. He was engaged in many notable cases, was counsel for Colonel North in his trial by court-martial during the civil war, and later was counsel for Theodore Tilton in his celebrated suit against Henry Ward Beecher. He defended Judge Bar-nard during his trial for impeachment, and was associated in the trial of E. S. Stokes for the murder of James Fisk, Jr., and in the Vanderbilt will case.
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