Well-known Beadles & Bedells

Irwin P. Beadle & the Dime Novel
In 1860 Irwin P. Beadle & Co. became the first American publisher to issue serialized paperback fiction at the fixed price of 10 cents each. The first dime novels were Indian and pioneer tales spirit. In the 1870s detective adventures, society romances, and rags-to-riches stories were introduced. [More about Beadle Dime Novels and Beadle & Adams]

George Wells Beadle, Nobel prize winner
Doctor George Beadle won a Nobel prize in genetics. He was a lecturer at Oxford University, president of the University of Chicago, and was affiliated with Cal-Tech. [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Beadle]

Grace Bedell, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard
Grace was born about 1839. On Oct 15, 1860, she wrote a letter from her home in Westfield, NY, suggesting to Abraham Lincoln that he grow a beard. [Grace’s letter and Lincoln’s reply]

William Henry Harrison Beadle, Civil War officer, educator
Pvt, 1st Lt, Capt of Co. A., 31st Indiana Volunteers, Civil War; Lt. Col. of Michigan Sharpshooters; Brevet Brigadier General; Provost Marshall; Surveryor in Dakota Territory, 1869-1879; Dakota House of Representatives, 1877; Supt of of Public Instruction, 1879-86; Director of Indian school in Oregon, 1888-89; President of S. Dakota State Normal School, 1889-1905; Prof. Emeritus of History, 1905-1911.; Beadle County, S.D. is named for him. [born 1838; died 1915].

John Hanson Beadle, author, attorney, and newspaper man
Brother of William H. H. Beadle (above), also a member of the 31st Indiana Volunteers, Civil War; [born about 1840; died 1897]. Some of John H. Beadle’s writings:

  • views on what the world would look like in 1993 [dead link: http://www.oecd.org/dsti/sti/it/ec/act/johnston.html]
  • The undeveloped West; or, Five years in the territories., New York, Arno Press, 1973 [c1873 ]; LC Call No.: F594.B36 1973 – https://archive.org/details/westsundeveloped00beadrich
  • 1880 history of Parke County, Indiana , Knightstown, Ind. : Bookmark, 1977; LC Call No.: F532.P2B38 1977

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