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BEADLE, William Henry Harrison, educator, born in Liberty, Indiana, 1 January 1838. He was graduated at the University of Michigan in 1861, entered the army as first lieutenant in the 31st Indiana infantry, served continuously during the civil war, and in 1864 was brevetted Brigadier-General. He was graduated at the law department of the University of Michigan in 1867, practiced for two years in Wisconsin, and in 1869 was appointed surveyor-general of Dakota. Since then he has devoted his attention to the development of the resources of that territory. From 1879 to 1885 he was superintendent of public instruction of Dakota, and under his direction the entire school system was organized.
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