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James A. Beaver

In office
January 18, 1887 – January 20, 1891
Lieutenant William T. Davies
Preceded by Robert Emory Pattison
Succeeded by Robert Emory Pattison

Acting President of the Pennsylvania State University
In office
1906 – 1908
Preceded by George W. Atherton
Succeeded by Edwin Erle Sparks

Born October 21, 1837(1837-10-21)
Died January 31, 1914 (aged 76)
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney

James Addams Beaver (October 21, 1837 – January 31, 1914) was an American politician who served as the 20th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891. He also served as the acting president of the Pennsylvania State University from 1906 to 1908.

Beaver graduated from Jefferson College in Canonsburg (now Washington & Jefferson College) in 1856.[1] Beaver, an attorney, served in the Union Army during the Civil War and rose to command the 148th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, which he led at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia. He was wounded at the Second Battle of Ream's Station in August 1864, an injury that resulted in the amputation of his right leg at age 26.

Following the war, Beaver pursued his law career and declined offers to run for public office until 1881 (including a spot as vice president on James Garfield's Republican ticket). He lost to Robert Pattison, but, because the new state constitution of 1874 prohibited governors from serving multiple consecutive terms, Beaver ran again and served as governor for the four years between Pattison's two non-consecutive terms. In 1895, he was appointed as one of the judges of the first state Superior Court, and office he held until his death in 1914. He was buried in Union Cemetery in Bellafonte.

Beaver Stadium and Beaver Hall, located on the University Park campus of Pennsylvania State University, as well as Beaver Avenue in State College are all named in his honor.


  1. ^ "Jefferson College 1802-1865". U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives. Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01.  

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