GRADY, Benjamin Franklin, (1831 - 1914)


"The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress" (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

GRADY, Benjamin Franklin, a Representative from North Carolina; born near Sarecta, Duplin County, N.C., October 10, 1831; attended private and public schools and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1857; professor of mathematics and natural sciences in Austin College, Huntsville, Tex., 1858-1862; enlisted during the Civil War in Company K, Twenty-fifth Regiment, Texas Cavalry; promoted to orderly sergeant in Granbury’s brigade, Cleburne’s division; became ill with typhoid fever and remained in Peace Institute Hospital at Raleigh until the end of the war; settled in Clinton, N.C., at the close of the war and engaged in teaching in Clinton and La Grange, N.C.; in 1877 returned to Duplin County, where he continued to teach and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; superintendent of public instruction for Duplin County, 1881-1890; justice of the peace 1878-1889; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); retired to a farm near Turkey, Sampson County, N.C., where he again taught school for several years; returned to Clinton, N.C., and died there March 6, 1914; interment in Clinton Cemetery.