BECK, Joseph David, (1866 - 1936)


69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

BECK, Joseph David, a Representative from Wisconsin; born near Bloomingdale, Vernon County, Wis., March 14, 1866; attended the common schools; taught in the public schools of the State for twelve years; was graduated from the State Normal School, Stevens Point, Wis., in 1897 and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1903; clerk of the State bureau of statistics of Wisconsin in 1901; deputy commissioner of statistics in 1902; chief of the department of labor statistics 1903-1913; president of the International Association of Labor Bureau Officials 1911-1913; chairman of the Industrial Commission of Wisconsin 1913-1917; engaged in agricultural pursuits and in stock raising near Viroqua, Vernon County, in 1917; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1929); was not a candidate for renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Wisconsin in 1928; resumed agricultural pursuits; appointed a member of the State department of agriculture and markets in 1931 and served until his death in Madison, Wis., November 8, 1936; interment in Viroqua Cemetery, Viroqua, Wis.