Pronunciation: (bē'chur), [key]
1. Catharine Esther, 1800–78, U.S. educator: advocated educational rights for women.
2. Edward, 1803–95, U.S. clergyman, educator, and abolitionist.
3. Henry Ward, 1813–87, U.S. preacher and writer.
4. Lyman, 1775–1863, U.S. preacher and theologian (father of Catharine Esther Beecher, Edward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Ward Beecher).
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