Fernando Cortez Beaman
Fernando Cortez Beaman was born in Chester, Vt on June 28, 1814. Prominent roles he played included being the representative for Michigan's 1st congressional district (1863-1865); and the representative for Michigan's 2nd congressional district (1861-1863). A prominent local lawyer and politician. Cortez played a great role in helping find the modern Republican Party. As member of the convention that helped create the Republican Party in what was known as the “under the oaks” at Jackson, Mich., in 1854.