Benjamin (as he preferred) Andrews was typical of the generation of great educators of his era in the United States. He was born on 10 January 1844 in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, to a Baptist minister and a schoolteacher. He served with distinction in the Civil War, rising from private to second lieutenant and participating in numerous military engagements. Wounds left him without sight in his left eye. Discharged before the war's conclusion, he completed his education at Brown University (BA 1870) and Newton Theological Institution (BD 1874). His major fields of specialization were political economy and history. Pastoral theology was a third area in which he held an academic post early in his career as university professor and administrator.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.