Erasmus W. Beck

Erasmus Williams Beck ( born October 21, 1833 in McDonough, Henry County, Georgia, † July 22, 1898 in Griffin, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1872 and 1873 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Erasmus Beck attended both public and private schools and then studied for two years until 1855 at Mercer University in Macon. For health reasons, he had to stop his studies and return home after McDonough. After studying law and its made ​​in 1856 admitted to the bar he began in Griffin to work in his new profession. During the Civil War he served for a short time in the army of the Confederate States. However, he had to give up the military service for health reasons. After that, he was a prosecutor in the judicial district of Flint.

Politically, Beck member of the Democratic Party. After the death of Mr Thomas J. Speer, he was at the due election for the fourth seat of Georgia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on December 2, 1872. Since he resigned at the regular elections of the year 1872 on another candidacy, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1873.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Erasmus Beck again worked as a lawyer. From 1890 until his death on 22 July 1898 he was municipal judge in Griffin.