Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Beck, George

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BECK, George, poet, b. in England in 1749; d. in Lexington, Ky., 24 Dec., 1812. He was instructor in mathematics at Woolwich from 1776, but was afterward dismissed. He emigrated to the United States in 1795, and was employed in painting pictures. He wrote short poems, made poetic translations from Anacreon, Homer, Virgil, and Horace, and in 1812 published “Observations on the Comet.” In 1795 he served as a scout in Wayne's campaign against the Indians. With his wife, who was also an artist, he conducted for many years a female seminary in Lexington, Ky.