William Beadle was considered the preserver of the SD school land fund. He established policies in the State Dept. of Education, which kept school lands and the income from that land intact for the SD educational system. These policies were adopted by many states to preserve their school lands and funds. <p>Beadle wrote the publications for Geography, History & Resources of Dakota, and a Natural Method of Teaching Geography. <p>General Beadle was a well-known soldier, statesman, and educator. This man had tremendous impact, not only in education in South Dakota, but more significantly on the establishment of the permanent school funds in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. <p>Soon after college graduation in 1861, Beadle enlisted in the Union Army. He was made 1st Lieutenant and later Captain of Company A 31st Indiana Volunteer Infantry, participating in the campaign in west Tennessee until the surrender of Corinth, Mississippi. He became Lieutenant Colonel of the US Volunteers in March, 1865, for gallant & meritorious services. During the war Beadle served in northern Virginia and defenses south of the Potomac where he commanded a brigade for a time. In Washington, upon Lincoln's second inauguration in 1865, General Beadle had command of the military guard in and about the Capitol. He was mustered out with an honorable discharge, March 1866, with the rank of Brevet Brigadier-General.
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