The New International Encyclopædia/Beck, James Burnie
BECK, James Burnie (1822-90). An American politician, born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He graduated at the law school of Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., and from 1866 to 1875 was a member of Congress. From 1876 until his death he was United States Senator from Kentucky. He was a member of the commission appointed to define the Maryland-Virginia boundary, and was prominent in the discussion of tariff and currency questions.