Benjamin S. Hedrick, undated
Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick was born 13 February 1827 in Davidson County near Salisbury.
He attended the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1851 with "first honor in
the senior class." On the recommendation of President Swain, he acquired a clerkship in
the office of the Nautical Almanac in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While there, Hedrick took
advanced courses at Harvard with Louis Agassiz and other notable scientists. He returned
to his alma mater in January 1854 to become professor of analytical and agricultural
chemistry, passing up a job offer from Davidson College.
Image from North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.