Lucius Morris Beebe (Lucius Morris Beebe)

Lucius Morris Beebe

Notable Newspaper Columnist, Author, Editor, Publisher, and Authority on the Golden Age of American Railroads. Son of Junius Beebe (1854 – 1934), President of the Brockton (Mass.) Gas Company and prominent Boston banker, and Eleanor Harriet Beebe (1865 – 1939). Graduated from Harvard in 1927; joining the staff of The Boston Telegraph, and later, from 1929 to 1950, The New York Herald Tribune. For a decade, from 1950 to 1960, Lucius Morris Beebe was the owner, publisher, and editor of Mark Twain’s old journal, The Territorial Enterprise, of Virginia City, Nevada; a highly opinionated and widely read newspaper with elegant overtones. An ornate gentleman of such sophistication and grandiloquent wordiness he would not deign to use a familiar word if an enriched one could be found. In 1960 he began a column in The San Francisco Chronicle, as opulent as it was unusual, that transported the delighted beholder into an ineffable world of extravagant wealth and bedazzlements evoking the memory of long-vanished but endearing wonders. Six feet, four inches tall, and of excellent proportions, he was a gentleman of custom attire who was never indifferent to his effect; he flailed a gold-headed cane with superb aplomb. His own view was that “nothing mattered but the gallant gesture.” Author of more than twenty works, Beebe’s last book, “The Big Spenders”, was published after he began his encounter with eternity. Wedded only to elegance, Lucius Beebe left no immediate survivors. (bio by: Robert Bruce)  Family links:  Parents:  Junius Beebe (1854 – 1934)  Eleanor Harriet Beebe (1865 – 1939)  Siblings:  Junius Merrick Beebe (1891 – 1892)*  Lucia Beebe Rockwood (1892 – 1963)*  Junius Oliver Beebe (1894 – 1933)*  Lucius Morris Beebe (1902 – 1966) *Calculated relationship


  • December, 09, 1902
  • USA
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts


  • February, 02, 1966
  • USA
  • San Francisco, California

Cause of Death

  • heart attack


  • Lakeside Cemetery
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • USA

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