Alfred Beck

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Alfred Beck was born in Greensboro, Alabama back in 1829. He attended the Unite States Military Academy at West Point graduating in 1854, 29th in his class. He served in Florida during the early part of the Third Seminole War, 1854,55 promoted to Second Lieutenant. In 1855, he was sent to the frontier town of Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory.

In 1858, he was sent to Fort Tejon, California where he was involved in the Mohave War, he resigned his position on May 14, 1861 moving to Southern California where he started practicing law in 1862. In 1863, he became city attorney for the city of Los Angeles. In 1868, he was elected the district attorney of Los Angeles County. He died in 1915, he was 88.

What you may not know about Alfred Beck Chapman he and his boyfriend friend, Andrew Glassell are best known in Orange County for being the founders of Orange, California.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray the only person I think about when I hear the words Orange and California is Lottie Kendall .... she loves Orange... especially in SanFrancisco....

Jun 09, 2019 04:45 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Been through the area but did not know of the founders.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 09, 2019 05:00 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I have visited Orange county many times but did not know until now how it got its name. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 09, 2019 05:27 AM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, never serve in the Civil War.  Well that okay, he did good things in Calif.


Jun 09, 2019 05:46 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He seemed to be an interpid pioneer looking for adventure and he found it.

Jun 09, 2019 05:48 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some people are leaders and others followers. Sounds like Alfred preferred the former. Enjoy your day!

Jun 09, 2019 06:01 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, the founder of Orange, that is very interesting, as my Uncle and Aunt live near Orange.

Jun 09, 2019 06:21 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - the Chapman name is a familiar one in California(especially in the Southern part of the state) as is the Glassell connection.  

Jun 09, 2019 06:44 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I didn't know and I an glad to. Good one today. Enjoy.

Jun 09, 2019 07:48 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - You're in my old stomping grounds.  Chapman University is out there as well. My nephew graduated from there and also entered real estate. 

Jun 09, 2019 08:05 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We know the area well, and at one point I did apply to Chapman University and was accepted, but did not go.  A

Jun 09, 2019 09:03 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - that was the time in California when you could get all the land you wanted.

Jun 09, 2019 12:13 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Alfred certainly put in his time as a public servant. No doubt he would be stunned at what Orange County has become.

Jun 09, 2019 02:07 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James who knew that he was a USMA Graduate and that is just a small part of it, Endre

Jun 09, 2019 10:29 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I do not know the counties of California well, however, at one time our family was thinking of relocating from Chicago, Illinois suburbia to Orange County, California.  We did meet with a California Realtor and saw a number of Orange County, California properties.  

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