Beaty, Amos L. - from United States

ID: 34704
Organization: CFR-M
Country of meeting: in the year 1924

Lawyer and oil executive, was born of Scotch-Irish ancestry in Red River County, Texas, the eldest of seven children (three sons and four daughters) of William Alexander Beaty, a farmer of moderate means, and Annie Eleanor (Rogers) Beaty. Educated at a rural school in Coleman Springs, Texas, and at Honey Grove Academy, Fannin County, he then read law in the office of Chambers & Doak in Clarksville. At twenty-one he was admitted to the Texas bar and a year later became the junior member of Wilkins & Beaty in Sherman. The important "Snow Case" (Higgins Oil & Fuel Co. et al. vs. Snow et al.), involving life tenancy in mineral rights and growing out of the discovery of oil in the Spindletop field (1901), marked his rise. By 1906 he had become president of the Texas Bar Association.

The next year found him as an attorney for the Texas Company (Texaco), a vigorous young oil concern headed by Joseph S. Cullinan [q.v.]. A large and impressive figure, with a keen mind and outstanding personality, Beaty soon became associate general attorney, and in 1913 he moved with the company's executive headquarters to New York. On Nov. 25 of that year he was elected general counsel, a director, and member of the executive committee. His legal ability greatly helped the growing company in adjusting to its rather restrictive charter. Under his leadership new laws were secured, in 1915 and 1917, broadening the company's scope of operations. He also smoothed the way for its entry into the Oklahoma oil fields.

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