Morse, Benjamin Clarke was born on October 15, 1859 in Macon, Missouri, United States. Son of Benjamin Clarke and Martha Ellsworth (Blunt) Morse.
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1884.
Wellesley, 1889), March 6, 1890. Commissioned Second lieutenant 23d Infantry, June 15, 1884. Promoted through grades to colonel 13th Infantry, July 1, 1916.
Translations to 44th Infantry, June 22, 1917. Brigadier general N.A., August 5, 1917. Professor military science and tactics and commandant cadets, Agricultural and Mech.
College of Texas, 1890-1894. Participated in Spanish-American War, 1898, Philippine insurrection, 1899. Personal aide to Major General William R. Shafter, 1900-1901.
Assistant adjutant general, 1901, actg. adjutant general, 1902, Department of California. Participated in Moro campaigns, P.I., 1903-1904. 2d occupation of Cuba, 1906-1909.
Professor military science and tactics, and commandant cadets, University of Illinois, 1910-1913. Occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914. Apttd. commander 169th Brigade N.A., Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan, August 25, 1917.
Honorary discharge as brigadier general N.A., April 1, 1918. Colonel 33d Infantry, Canal Zone, October 1918.