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George Beecher

Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: July 01, 1843 (34)
Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Lyman Beecher and Roxana Ward Beecher
Husband of Sarah Sturges Beecher
Father of Catherine Beecher and George Buckingham Beecher
Brother of Catharine Esther Beecher; William Henry Beecher; Edward Beecher; Mary Foote Perkins; Harriet Beecher Stowe and 3 others
Half brother of Frederick Porter Beecher; Isabella Hooker; Rev. Thomas Kinnicut Beecher; Brevet Brig. Gen. James Chaplin Beecher, (USA); Frederick William Beecher and 1 other

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About George Beecher

George Beecher, the fifth of Lyman Beecher’s children, attended Miss Porter’s Academy with his siblings and went off to Hartford Grammar School when he was 14. At 16, George enrolled at Yale College to study the ministry. He left Yale to go with Lyman and the family to Ohio in 1832. There he was ordained as a minister and accepted his first pastorate in Batavia, OH. George married Sarah Buckingham of Batavia in 1839, and they had a son. Like his older brother Edward, George was an abolitionist, and joined the Anti-Slavery Society.

Batavia, like many small churches, had difficulties paying their minister, and George relocated to Rochester, NY. Rochester was at the heart of the Burned Over district of western New York, so-named because of the repeated religious revivals and reform movements that swept through the area. As a Beecher he was raised to improve both himself and society, George found many new ideas here. He was particularly attracted to Perfectionism. George and Sarah Beecher returned to Ohio, where George began writing about Perfectionism, teaching music, and studying plants. In July of 1843, he walked into his gardens to shoot some birds and was found dead of a gunshot wound. The Beechers believed that it was an accidental death and the family mourned their brother. Harriet Beecher Stowe confessed that “the sudden death of George shook my whole soul like an earthquake.”

Graduated from Yale in class of 1828 Graduated from Yale Theological Seminary in 1832

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George Beecher's Timeline

May 6, 1809
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
September 14, 1838
Age 29
Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States
September 7, 1841
Age 32
Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio, United States
July 1, 1843
Age 34
Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, United States
Pastor, Presbyterian Church in Chilicothe, Oregon