The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume I
BEARDSLEY, Levi, lawyer, was born at Hoosic, Rensselaer county, N.Y., Nov. 13, 1785; son of Obadiah and Eunice (Moore) Beardsley. When he was about four years old he removed with his father to Otsego county, and after attending the district school and working for a time on his father's farm, he enlisted at the age of eighteen in the militia. In 1810 he removed to [p.239] Cherry Valley, where he read law, and in 1812 was admitted to the bar in the court Of common pleas, soon establishing a good practice. In 1825 he was elected to the state assembly, serving through the session of 1826, and in 1829 was elected to the state senate for four years, acting during the last year as president of that body. In 1834 he was again elected to the senate, in 1839 removed to Oswego, N.Y., and in 1842 went to Columbus, Ohio, returning in 1846 to New York city, where he opened a law office. In 1852 he published a volume of "Reminiscences." He died March 19, 1857.