Benjamin F. Grady
US Congressman and author. Born near Sarecta, Duplin County, N.C., October 10, 1831. He married Olivia Penelope Hamilton on May 30, 1861 in Huntsville, Texas. He was teaching mathematics and natural sciences at Austin College in Texas when the Civil War began. He left to join the Confederate Army, serving in Company K, 25th Regiment of the Texas Cavalry. He married Mary Charlotte Bizzell on November 10, 1870 in Clinton, North Carolina. In 1891, he was elected for two terms as a United States Representative from North Carolina 3rd District. He was Superintendent of Schools, Duplin Co., N.C. In 1899, he published the book "The Case of the South Against the North," which uses historical evidence to justify the South's war against the North on the basis of constitutional principles. He died in Clinton, Sampson County, N.C., March 6, 1914.
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