Helen Mar Beveridge

Name: Helen Mar Beveridge (Judson)
Birth Date: April 13, 1829
Birth Place: Albany, New York, USA
Death Date: May 08, 1909
Death Location: Hollywood, California, USA
Burial Place: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois


Helen Beveridge (1829-1909) was an active force in the social and religious life of Evanston in its early years. The daughter of one of Evanston founders, Philo Judson, Helen Beveridge later married John Beveridge who served as a General in the Civil War and as Governor of Illinos from 1873-1876. During the Civil War she opened her home to students and later used her gifts as a hostess in multiple ways. As first lady of Illinois, she entertained visitors from all walks of life at the Governor’s mansion in Springfield. She was known as “a lady of remarkable conversation and executive power.”

Beveridge was also the first president of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls (which stood at the corner of Main Street and Sheridan Road in Evanston before moving to Park Ridge). She served as president for ten years. As president of the Illinois Women’s Centennial Committee for the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, Beveridge helped form and prepare an exhibit of women’s handicraft. The committee used it’s excess funds to found the school.

Father: Philo Judson
Mother: Eliza Judson
Children: Two: Alla May Beveridge Raymond (February 20, 1849), Philo Judson Beveridge (December 1, 1850)
Education: Rock River Seminary, Mt Morris, Illinois
Years in Evanston: 1854-1892

Sources: Archives and Collections: "Evanston Women." Subject Files. Evanston History Center. Newspaper Clippings: Title and Author Unknown. "Evanston Women Pre-1950." Subject Files. Evanston History Center. Newspaper Clippings: "Something for the Girls: Evanston Women in the Women Movement, 1954 [sic]-1920."

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