Robert Livingston Beeckman
Robert Livingston Beeckman
|52nd Governor of Rhode Island|
January 5, 1915 – January 4, 1921
|Lieutenant Governor||Emery J. San Souci|
|Preceded by||Aram J. Pothier|
|Succeeded by||Emery J. San Souci|
|Member of the Rhode Island Senate|
|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives|
|Born||April 15, 1866|
New York City, New York
|Died||January 21, 1935 (aged 68)|
Santa Barbara, California
|Resting place||Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York|
Edna Marston Burke
|Residence||Newport, Rhode Island|
Beeckman was born on April 15, 1866 in New York City, New York. He was the son of Gilbert Livingston Beeckman (1823–1874) and Margaret Atherton (née Foster) Beeckman (1832–1904). His sister, Katherine Livingston Beeckman (1855–1941), was married to Louis Lasher Lorillard (1849–1910), the son of Pierre Lorillard III. His family ancestry can be traced back to Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam dating to 1654. His ancestors include Robert Livingston the Elder, Declaration signer Philip Livingston and "The Chancellor" Robert Livingston.
At the age of 16 Beeckman began his career at a stock brokerage firm in New York. At age 21, Beeckman became one of the youngest ever members of the New York Stock Exchange (from 1887–1906). By 1916, he retired from the brokerage business. After this time, he was a member of the board of directors of several corporations, including the Industrial Trust Company, the Newport Trust Company, the International Silver Company, and the Newport Casino.
Beeckman's first political office was a Rhode Island state Representative in the General Assembly from Newport, from 1902 to 1912. He was a state Senator from 1912 to 1914. He was elected the governor of Rhode Island in 1914. He held the governor's office from January 5, 1915 to January 4, 1921.
During his administration, Beeckman pushed for reforms in State institutions including hospitals, prisons, and insane asylums, established an inheritance tax, and established a state Parole Board. He was the governor during the First World War. He visited Rhode Island troops on the battlefield in France and pushed for state appropriations to provide for dependent families of servicemen.
Beeckman advocated for removing the property qualification for Rhode Island voters.
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Aram J. Pothier
| Governor of Rhode Island
Emery J. San Souci