COL Hiram T. Beman was born in Attica, New York, August 22, 1827. He was engaged in mercantile business until he moved to Lecompton, Kansas in December of 1858. In May of 1862 he moved to Topeka and four years later was appointed Assistant Adjutant General of Kansas. One year later, in 1867, he was elected a Shawnee County Treasurer. He was re-elected in 1869. In 1872 he became involved with the Commonwealth newspaper.
In January of 1874, he was re-appointed Assistant Adjutant General, and on March 4, 1876, was appointed Adjutant General of Kansas by Governor Thomas A. Osborn. He served in this position until March 5, 1878.
COL Beman died August 19, 1885.