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Harry Peter Beam (November 23, 1892 – December 31, 1967) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. Born in Peoria, Illinois, Beam moved with his parents to Chicago, Illinois, in 1899. He attended St. Mary's School, Marshalltown, Iowa, and Holy Family School, Chicago, Illinois, was graduated from St. Ignatius College (now known as Loyola University Chicago), in 1912 and from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in 1916. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Chicago, Illinois. During the First World War served as a seaman, first class, in the United States Navy from May 1918 to December 1918. He served as assistant corporation counsel of Chicago 1923-1927.

Harry P. Beam
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – December 6, 1942
Preceded byThomas A. Doyle
Succeeded byMartin Gorski
Personal details
Born(1892-11-23)November 23, 1892
Peoria, Illinois
DiedDecember 31, 1967(1967-12-31) (aged 75)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Beam was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1931, until his resignation on December 6, 1942. He served as chairman of the Committee on Memorials (Seventy-seventh Congress). Beam was elected as a judge of the municipal court of Chicago in 1942, reelected in 1948, 1954, and 1960. He engaged in legal practice and retired in 1964. He was a resident of Chicago, Illinois, until his death there on December 31, 1967. He was interred in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Harry P. Beam (id: B000274)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas A. Doyle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1931 - December 6, 1942
Succeeded by
Martin Gorski