|born on||8 June 1848 at 04:45 (= 04:45 AM )|
|Place||Wigan, England, 53n33, 2w38|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||17°27' 11°33 Asc. 01°10'|
British businessman, styled 1st Baronet, he was the eldest son of Thomas Beecham and Jane Evans. He played a large part in the growth and expansion of his father's medicinal pill business which he joined in 1866. He was responsible for Beechams' factory and office in Westfield Street, St. Helens, being built in 1885. A factory was subsequently opened in New York followed by more factories and agencies in several other countries.
Beecham was the proprietor of the Aldwych Theatre in London, a Justice of the Peace for Lancashire and was Mayor of St. Helens between 1889 and 1899 and again from 1910 to 1912. He was made a baronet, of Ewanville in the Parish of Huyton in the County Palatine of Lancaster, in 1914. He was invested as a Knight of the Order of Saint Stanislaus by Tsar Nicholas II. Beecham was a patron of the arts and purchased a number of paintings by J. M. W. Turner.
Beecham married Josephine Burnett in 1873. He died on 23 October 1916, aged 68, succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Thomas, who had been knighted in his own right earlier in 1916 for his services to music as an orchestral conductor.
- parent->child relationship with Beecham, Thomas (born 29 April 1879)
- (has as) recipient relationship with Turner, J. M. W. (born 23 April 1775)
- Relationship : Marriage 1873 (Josephine Burnett)
Sy Scholfield quotes from A Guinea a Box: A Biography by Anne Francis (Hale, 1968), page 51: "This was their first child. Fair-haired, grey-eyed, the baby was born at 4.45 a.m. 8th June, 1848, and christened Joseph at the parish church. Thomas duly entered the event in the flyleaf of a massive family Bible. He also plotted his own, and his son's, nativity."
Birth place from Wigan, England, Church of England Baptisms book.
- Family : Childhood : Advantaged
- Family : Childhood : Family noted
- Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Oldest of four)
- Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
- Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Patron of the arts)
- Vocation : Business : Business owner
- Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (Mayor of St. Helens)
- Notable : Awards : Knighted