Biography of Benjamin F. Prince
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





BENJAMIN F. PRINCE, Professor, Springfield. Benjamin F. Prince, A. M., Professor in Wittenberg College, was born Dec. 12, 1840, in Champaign Co., Ohio. His ancestors came to this country about the middle of the last century, and were settlers in Eastern Pennsylvania; his grandfathers, Christian Norman and Adam Prince, with their wives, settled in the forests of Champaign County, the one in 1805, the other in 1809. Both were prosperous farmers and succeeded in gaining a competency for themselves and their children His father was William Prince, born in Kentucky in 1807, and his mother, Sarah Nauman, born in Ohio in 1809; they were married June 29, 1827. William Prince became a successful farmer and a man of influence in the community in which he lived; he died in 1848; his widow departed this life Jan. 12, 1881. Benjamin F. was the fifth of six children who grew to maturity; he was brought up to the labors of the farm, and received his early education in the district school; in 1860, he entered the Preparatory Department of Wittenberg College; he graduated from this institution in 1865, and at the opening of the next session he proceeded to the study of theology; in the spring of 1866, he was appointed Tutor in said institution; in 1869, Principal of Preparatory Department and Assistant Professor of Greek; in 1873, Professor of Natural History, and in 1878, Professor of Greek and History, which position he now holds. In 1869, he was married to Ella Sanderson, of Springfield, Ohio. Miss Sander. son was the daughter of T. P. Sanderson, a lawyer of Philadelphia, editor of the Daily News of that city; in 1861, chief clerk to Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, and afterward Colonel in the regular army. Miss Sanderson received her education in the schools of Philadelphia, and in the Springfield Seminary, from which she graduated in 1866.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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