BEARD, RICHARD: Cumberland Presbyterian; b. in Sumner County, Tenn., Nov. 27, 1799; d. at Lebanon, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1880. He was licensed in 1820; graduated at Cumberland College, Princeton, Ky., 1832, and was professor of Greek and Latin there 1832-38, and in Sharon College, Sharon, Miss., 1838-43; president of Cumberland College 1843-54; professor of systematic theology in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn, after 1854. He published the following books. Why I am a Cumberland Presbyterian (Nashville, 1872); Lectures on Theology (3 vols., 1873-75); Brief Biographical Sketches of Some of the Early Ministers of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (1874).