Duke, Benjamin Newton
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Duke, Benjamin Newton (27 April 1855–08 January 1929), industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Orange (now Durham) County, North Carolina, the son of Washington Duke and Artelia Roney, farmers. His mother died when he was three, and he was raised with the assistance of his aunts until 1863, when his widowed father was drafted into the Confederate army. The younger Duke spent the war years with his maternal grandparents in nearby Alamance County with the rest of his siblings, including his younger brother ...