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Frederick Beasley (1777–1845)


In 1822 Beasley sent a copy of his book A Search of Truth in the Science of the Human Mind to Bushrod Washington. 


Frederick (or Frederic) Beasley was born in 1777 near Edenton, North Carolina. Following graduation from present-day Princeton University, he studied theology and was ordained in the Episcopal Church. Beasley then held rectorships in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Albany, and Baltimore before accepting the positions of provost and professor of moral philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.


Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, "Beasley, Frederic," in William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 19791996) (NCpedia).

"Frederick Beasley, 1777-1845," University Archives & Records Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

"From James Madison to Frederick Beasley, 24 November 1823," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of James Madison, Retirement Series, vol. 3, 1 March 1823 – 24 February 1826, ed. David B. Mattern, J. C. A. Stagg, Mary Parke Johnson, and Katherine E. Harbury. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016, p. 169.]

Frederick Beasley at Find a Grave.

Frederick Beasley at FamilySearch.