William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan, John and John Henry Beatty Papers
The son of John Beatty, a prosperous farmer in Doylestown, and Col.
Reading Beatty of Philadelphia, John Henry Beatty (b. 1840) had considerable advantages
from birth. After receiving a boarding school education, and while still in his teens,
John Henry agreed to supervise the operation of oil wells at Franklin, Pa., for his
brother-in-law, George F. Curwen. In the Civil War, Beatty served with the Union Army
Commissary Department for two years, and then attended Burnham's American Busniess College
in Hudson, N.Y., for a short period. After another fling with oil drilling in 1865, Beatty
purchased a farm in North Vineland, N.J., where he became a fruit farmer.
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