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  Beckwith, Frank R.
NameFrank R. Beckwith
Indianapolis, Indiana , United States
Born December 11, 1904
DiedAugust 24, 1965 (60 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedChronicler
Jan 02, 2012 12:31pm
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InfoBECKWITH, Frank R(oscoe) - Attorney, civil rights activist, and Republican partisan.

Born 12/11/1904 in Indianapolis; parents were Frank & Aletha (Gibbs) Beckwith.

Graduated from Arsenal Technical HS in 1921; law student under Sumner A. Clancy.

Member, AME church; never married

Founded and operated City Market Shopping and Delivery Service (Indianapolis) 1921-1928

Delegate to the Indiana State Republican Convention of 1926 and candidate for Republican nomination to state house

Served on the Indiana State Republican Committee in 1928

Director of industrial safety for the Indiana Industrial Board 1929-1933

Associate dean of Benjamin Harrison Law School 1930-1931 and admitted to the Indiana bar in 1931

Publisher of the Indianapolis Tribune

Leading member of the NAACP in Indiana, chairing the legal redress section for several years

Wrote book The Negro Lawyer and the War (1943)

Public defender, Marion County Criminal Court 1951-58

Candidate for Indianapolis City Council (R) 1951

Urban Coordinator of Eisenhower campaign in 1956

Board member, Indiana State Cmsn on Aging and the Aged 1957-1961

Contender for Republican nomination for US President 1960 and 1964

Candidate for US House nomination (R-IN) 1962

James T. Havel, U.S. Presidential Candidates and the Elections, 1:38


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