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Beach I. Hinman, in 1882, was an attorney at law with the firm of Hinman & Neville. He had come to Cottonwood Springs, Nebraska in 1860, and ran an overland ranch for the traveling public; also traded with the Indians, etc., one and one half years.
Following that time, he went to Plattsmouth, Neb., then practiced law in Montana Territory, followed by mining for two and a half years. He then returned to Lincoln, Neb., in November 1866. Then practiced law near North Platte, until the spring of 1867. He then moved into North Platte, where he had continued his law practice for the next 15 years.
He was a member of the Nebraska Constitutional Convention of 1871, and again in 1875, was a member of the State Senate in 1877; was a candidate for District Judge in 1875, and a candidate for Elector of Hancock in 1880.
Beach Hinman was the brother of another Lincoln County pioneer, Washington Hinman. He was born in Wysox, Bradford Co., Penn., May 23, 1829. He lived in Bradford County until 1854, when he went to Belvidere, Ill., and was Deputy County Clerk of the District Court until May, 1855, when he moved to Leavenworth, Kansas. In Leavenworth, he attempted farming, haying, etc. until in the fall of 1855. He returned to his home in Pennsylvania, and farmed two years; then moved to Wright County, Minn., and practiced law three years in Monticello. He was admitted to the bar in 1858.
He graduated from the University of Franklin, Susquehanna Co., Penn., in 1848. He was District Attorney in Plattsmouth, Neb., one term, and was County Attorney of Lincoln County, Neb., from 1868 to 1876.
He was married in Plattsmouth, Nebraska in November 1869, to Miss Sarah E. Minshall, of Norwalk, Ohio. In 1882, they had two children--Curtis and Corie. He was a member of the Knights Templar Lodge of Grand Island.
An interview with Beach Hinman's son