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Joseph Beacham
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Sport(s)Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1874-04-08)April 8, 1874
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJuly 28, 1958(1958-07-28) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
Head coaching record

Joseph William Beacham (April 8, 1874 – July 28, 1958) was an American football player, coach and retired United States Army brigadier general. He served as the head football coach at Cornell University in 1896 and at the United States Military Academy in 1911, compiling a career college football record of 11–4–2.


Beacham was born on April 8, 1874. He graduated from Cornell University in 1897. A brigadier general in the United States Army, Beacham was Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Cornell University from 1927 to 1932.

Beacham died at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. on July 28, 1958.[1] He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cornell Big Red (Independent) (1896)
1896 Cornell 5–3–1
Cornell: 5–3–1
Army Cadets (Independent) (19011)
1911 Army 6–1–1
Army: 6–1–1
Total: 11–4–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. "Joseph Beacham, Retired General". New York Times. July 29, 1958. Retrieved August 10, 2011. "Gen. Joseph W. Beacham, retired, who was President Eisenhower's football coach at West Point, died yesterday in Walter Reed General Hospital, ..."

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