William Beach graduated from Yale College in 1836. Then he studied law, but abandoned this after the death of his father. He engaged instead in the milling business in Port Byron, New York. Later he entered politics and returned to Auburn.
He died at the Delavan House in Albany, and was buried at the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.
His brother John C. Beach (d. 1856) was a law partner of William H. Seward.
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 136ff; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College (1870; pg. 11)
- The Cravath Firm and Its Predecessors by Robert T. Swaine (pg. 84f)
- Death notice in NYT on March 16, 1860
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