Beale, William Gerrish was born on September 10, 1854 in Winthrop, Maine, United States. Son of William and Lucinda (Bacon) Beale.
Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin, 1877 (Doctor of Laws, 1912). Read law in office Williams & Thompson, Chicago.
Admitted to Illinois bar, 1881, and entered practice at Chicago: head Isham, Lincoln & Beale. President Board of Education, Chicago, 1891-1892. Corporate Counsel, Chicago, 1895-1897.
One of 3 trustees holding majority of stock of Chicago Tribune under will of Joseph Medill, deceased. Trustee Chicago Elevated Rys. (Collateral Trust). Overseer Bowdoin College, 1912-1918, trustee, since 1918.