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Benjamin Franklin Grady (October 10, 1831 – March 6, 1914) was a teacher from North Carolina. He represented the state's 3rd district in the U.S. Congress from 1891 to 1895.

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 1890 he defeated African-American Republican John S. Leary in a race for a seat in the US House of Representatives.[1] He was re-elected for a second term, both times serving 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.


  1. ^ Candidate for Congress, Gayetteville, Weekly Observer (Fayettevill, North Carolina) August 21, 1890, page 2, accessed October 10, 2016 at

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United States Congress. "GRADY, Benjamin Franklin (id: G000350)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles W. McClammy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John G. Shaw