William Beekman (7/12/1754 - 8/8/1808)

Borrowing activity from 3/6/1800 to 1/17/1806.
William Beekman, a merchant, was born in 1754. He entered Princeton in 1769, where he studied languages and the classics; he graduated in 1773, and remained the following year to study theology (Harrison 270; "William"). He took private instruction in French in 1775 until the Revolutionary War interrupted his studies. His father hired substitutes to fight for his three oldest sons during the Revolutionary War, and during the war he and his brothers helped his father and uncles in their businesses (Harrison 271). By 1784 he had become a full partner in his father's import business James Beekman & Sons, was sworn in as a freeman of the city on March 30, 1784, and elected a tax assessor for the seventh ward, where he lived, in June 1795 and October 1796 (Harrison 271).

Beekman was the eldest child of Library member James Beekman and Jane Keteltas Beekman. He was the nephew of Library members William Beekman and Gerard W. Beekman, Sr, and the brother of Library members Abraham K. Beekman, James Beekman, Jr., John K. Beekman, and Gerard W. Beekman, Jr. 

Beekman died on August 15, 1808.
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Full Title Author Volume Date Out Date In Rep. Fine Ledger
Transcribed: Taylor's TravelsJohn Taylor3/6/18003/26/1800
Transcribed: Life of HowardJohn Aikin4/1/18004/8/1800
Transcribed: Staverinus VoyageJohan Splinter StavorinusVolume 34/24/18005/6/1800
Transcribed: Monthly MagVolume 15/6/18006/4/1800SR
Transcribed: Embassy to AvaMichael SymesVolume 16/4/18006/25/1800
Transcribed: "Michael SymesVolume 26/25/18007/4/1800
Transcribed: New An. Reg.Volume 17987/23/18008/18/1800
Transcribed: Embassy to Ava.Michael SymesVolume 38/18/18008/26/1800
Transcribed: Journey to CornwallGeorge Lipscomb8/26/18008/29/1800
Transcribed: Vailants TravelsFrançois Le Vaillant11/27/180012/17/1800
Transcribed: European MagazineVolume 3711/27/180012/17/1800
Transcribed: Edinburgh MagVolume 1511/13/180212/20/1802
Transcribed: DevalcourtAnna Maria Bennett12/20/18021/10/1803
Transcribed: Vicar LansdowneRegina Maria RocheVolume 21/10/18031/26/1803
Transcribed: Vicar LansdowneRegina Maria RocheVolume 11/10/18031/26/1803
Transcribed: Tippo SultanCharles Francis Grenville8/8/18038/9/1803
Transcribed: Cowpers PoemsWilliam CowperVolume 21/12/18041/25/1804
Transcribed: Cowpers PoemsWilliam CowperVolume 11/12/18041/25/1804
Transcribed: Court SwedenAdolf Fredrik Ristell8/24/18059/5/1805
Transcribed: Tuckeys VoyageJames Hingston Tuckey8/24/18059/5/1805
Transcribed: New York MagVolume 88/24/18059/5/1805
Transcribed: Austins LettersWilliam Austin9/5/18059/6/1805
Transcribed: Conquest of MexicoAntonio de Solís y RibadeneyraVolume 19/5/18059/6/1805
Transcribed: Conquest of MexicoAntonio de Solís y RibadeneyraVolume 29/5/18059/6/1805
Transcribed: Human FrailtiesVolume 212/6/18051/17/1806
Transcribed: Human FrailtiesVolume 112/6/18051/17/1806
Transcribed: Human FrailtiesVolume 312/6/18051/17/1806
Transcribed: Eminent PersonsCharles Henry WilsonVolume 212/6/18051/17/1806
Transcribed: Monthly MagazineVolume 1412/6/18051/17/1806
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