Reasin Beall

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Reasin Beall
Reasin Beall - Wooster.jpg
Collection of Wayne County Historical Society
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
April 20, 1813 – June 7, 1814
Preceded byJohn S. Edwards[1]
Succeeded byDavid Clendenin
Personal details
Born(1769-12-03)December 3, 1769
Montgomery County, Maryland
DiedFebruary 20, 1843(1843-02-20) (aged 73)
Wooster, Ohio
Political party
Spouse(s)Rebecca Johnson
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
RankBrigadier General

Reasin Beall (December 3, 1769 – February 20, 1843) was an American politician. He was an Ohio Congressman and a Militia General during the War of 1812.

Beall was born in Montgomery County, Maryland, and his family moved to Washington County, Pennsylvania during his youth.

He married Rebecca Johnson ca. 1792. In about 1801, he and his family moved to Ohio, settling initially at Steubenville. He later moved from Jefferson County to New Lisbon, in Columbiana County, Ohio.

Military career[edit]

In 1790, Beall joined the military and participated in the Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Valley. He was on General Anthony Wayne's staff where he became acquainted with then Captain William Henry Harrison.

In Columbiana County, Ohio, he became a Colonel of the Militia.

During the War of 1812, he served as Brigadier General 2d Brigade Ohio Militia. He led several brigades from Eastern Ohio into the area of present Richland County, Ohio. He established one of his headquarters (Camp Christmas) at Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio.

Political career[edit]

Beall began his political career as Clerk of the Columbiana County Court.

After the War of 1812, he returned to New Lisbon and served in the Thirteenth United States Congress from April 20, 1813 to June 7, 1814, filling the vacancy of Rep. John S. Edwards, who had been elected but died before taking his seat.

Later years[edit]

The office of register of the Federal Land Office in Wooster became vacant in 1814, and Beall was appointed by the President and took up residence there. He held that position until resigning in 1824. He remained in Wooster until his death.[2] He resigned from politics, with the exception of being named a Presidential elector in 1840.[2] He was a Whig Presidential elector in 1840 for Harrison/Tyler.[3]

Reasin Beall died age 73 in Wooster, Ohio.

Legacy of the Beall home in Wooster[edit]

Beall's house still stands and is part of the College of Wooster, which once used it as a dormitory.


  1. ^ Edwards never served. He died before the commencement of his term. Beall was elected in a special election.
  2. ^ a b Danner, John, ed. (1904). Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark County, Ohio. Logansport, Indiana: B F Brown. pp. 247–248. OCLC 79257924.
  3. ^ Taylor 1899 : 193

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John S. Edwards (never served)
U.S. Representative from Ohio's District 6
1813 - 1814
Succeeded by
David Clendenin