Party affiliation: Republican
Assistant engineer Brooklyn Bridge, 1877-1879. Resident div. engineer C.,B.& Q.R.R., 1880-1883. United States department mineral surveyor, Colorado, 1883-1885.
Mining engineer Ottumwa Fuel Company, 1885-1891. Proprietor Iowa Coal Exchange. 1891-1896; associate editor Mines and Minerals and principal School of Mines, International Corresponding School, Scranton.
Pennsylvania, 1896-1911. Senior associate editor Coal Age, New York, 1911. Secretary Iowa State Mine Examining Board, 1888-1894.
Inventor: Beard-Mackie Sight Indicator for testing gas. Beard deputy safety lamp. Beard-Stine centrifugal mine fan.