|Collection||Beshears Small Collection|
|Title||Photo of W. H. Beshears|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Credit line||Collection of the AAMI - Gift of Suzy Beshears|
|Dates of Creation||1917|
|Access Conditions||Open for research|
|Copyrights||no known restrictions|
|Scope & Content||Item is a digital copy of a black and white photograph of W. H. Beshears wearing his graduation cap and gown.|
Suzy Beshears is a resident of Cedar Rapids and donated this copy of a graduation photo of her father during an oral history interview by Metro High School in 2002. Dr. Beshears was the first African American dentist in Cedar Rapids.
Dr. William Hutchason Beshears DDS was born October 12, 1892 to Georgia Lanice and Strothers Beshears in St. Joseph, Mo. He graduated from Bartlett High School in St Joseph and enrolled at the University of Iowa in 1911 in the field of dentistry which he completed in 1917. He graduated Phi Betta Kappa. He was a Kappa Alpha Psi member in 1915-1916 in Iowa City.
Dr. Beshears enlisted in the Army in 1917 shortly after college.. He served in World War I and was a
1st Lieutenant DC RES in the Army. He returned home in July 1919 to Iowa City..
He had always said he traveled as far as he could with the money he had , which landed him in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He served as a dentist for approximately 41 years. He was the first African American dentist and most of the time the only African American dentist. (His office was upstairs on the east side of the Paramount Theatre ). He was a member of and a superintendent at Bethel AME Church.. He was the first African American Boy Scout leader in Cedar Rapids. He was a member of Mt. Olive Lodge #17 in Cedar Rapids and attained the 32nd Degree Mason degree. Dr. Beshears passed in 9/6/1958
University of Iowa
Beshears, Dr. William H.