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George Beach, Jr. (January 26, 1812 - July 16, 1899) was a prominent business figure in Hartford, Connecticut, and a popular dye importer. He was also one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Hartford, Connecticut, as well as a trustee of Trinity College.

Beach was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 26, 1812 as the son of George Beach and Harriet Bradley. He was educated in the public schools and commenced his business career by becoming junior partner of the house of Hungerford, Phelps & Beach, which was organized in 1833, importers of dyes in Hartford. Upon the retirement of the older partner, the firm became Phelps, Beach & Company, and finally in 1839, Beach & Company. In 1849, the members of the firm included his brothers. After the death of J. Watson Beach in 1887, the business was continued by surviving brothers. He was connected with the house for a period altogether of 66 years, and was for two generations or more a prominent figure in the business circles of Hartford.

Beach was one of the organizers, and first president, of the Merchants' and Manufacturers' Bank of Hartford, elected on August 14, 1857, which later became the First National Bank of Hartford. When reorganized as a national bank, its capital was five hundred thousand dollars, and surplus forty thousand dollars. Beach was one of the directors of the Broad Brook Company at the time of his death, and had been active in the concern for many years, manufacturing woolens. He was a prominent figure in public life as well. He was a State Senator from Hartford in 1866-1867, and in 1880, he was the Democratic candidate for Congress from his district; however, the Democratic party was in a minority and he was defeated.

In later years, he was a vestryman and was interested in the park system of Hartford as the chairman of the board of trustees that laid out Bushnell Park. He also took an active oversight and direction in the planting of rare trees and shrubs in the parks.


Beach married first to Sarah Nichols. The couple had no children. Beach married second to Emily Wood in 1876. The couple had no children. Beach married third to Fannie Curtis in March 1888. The couple had no children.