Mr. Salinger was united in marriage in Cherokee County June 5, 1880, to Miss Lucy M. Boylan, who was born at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, December 29, 1865, and to this union have been born three children: Daisy R., Benjamin I., Jr., and Louis H. (twins). Mr. Salinger was one of the first settlers of Manning, and was the first principal of the public schools of this place, and has ever since been one of the active and public-spirited citizens. He is now associated with L.P. Brigham in the insurance business, and they are also largely engaged in the real estate business, buying and selling land in Carroll, Audubon, Shelby and Crawford counties, and in these same counties they are general agents of the Council Bluffs Insurance Company, and are also representing eight leading Eastern mercantile companies. The loans placed through their office aggregate close upon $100,000 per annum. Mr. Salinger owns and occupies one of the finest residences in Manning. He has been the architect of his own fortunes.
With an energy rarely found among young men, he prosecuted his studies and fitted himself for an active business life almost unaided by money or influence. In all business he has been found true to the trusts of his patrons, and has gained their confidence and esteem by his fair and honorable dealings. He has never lost his interest in the public schools, and is now a member of the school board. In politics he is a Republican.