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BEALL, Philip D.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
III, page 66, 1923.
BEALL, PHILIP D., former assistant United States district attorney, has had an exceptionally
successful career as a lawyer since his admission to the Florida bar. His home is at Pensacola,
where he has lived since early boyhood.
Mr. BEALL was born at San Antonio, Texas, February 17, 1891, son of WILBUR N. and ANNIE T.
(LARKIN) BEALL. His grandparents were JAMES ADDISON and SARAH M. (HAMMOND) BEALL, natives,
respectively, of Virginia and Maryland and early settlers in Missouri. The maternal grandparents
were J. R. and MARY (CHAMBERS) LARKIN, Missouri people. The father of MARY CHAMBERS was JAMES
R. CHAMBERS, who came from Ireland.
WILBUR N. BEALL was born in Missouri, as was his wife. He became a lawyer and for a number
of years was a newspaper editor. He was at one time connected with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
also with a paper in San Antonio, Texas, and for some years practiced law and served as United
States commissioner at Socorro, New Mexico.
PHILIP D. BEALL was a small child when his father died, and was about six years of age when he
came to Pensacola with his mother, who is still living here. He attended public and private
schools in this city, spent four years in the Christian Brothers College at St. Louis, and for
three and one-half years was a student in the Spring Hill College at Mobile, Alabama. After
completing his education Mr. BEALL became a clerk in the Peoples Bank, now the Citizens Bank
of Pensacola, and a short time later became secretary to the judge of the Federal Court of this
district. While acting as secretary, from February, 1908 to 1912, he studied law, was admitted
to the bar in 1911 and in 1912 began active practice. In a short time he was called to the
duties of assistant United States district attorney. The work of this young but able and well
qualified lawyer in the district attorney's office was from 1912 to 1917. Owing to a vacancy
in the office caused by the retirement of the district attorney, he performed all the duties
of the office for about three months. Since this official service he has given his time to
his extensive general practice at Pensacola. He is a member of the County, State and American
Bar associations, is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, and Elk and a member of the Catholic
In August, 1914, at Pensacola, he married Miss HILDUR DAHLSTROM, of Nebraska, daughter of Mr.
And Mrs. G. A. DAHLSTROM, both natives of Sweden. They have two sons, PHILIP D., Jr., and
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
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