From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Benham '88

Date of birth: July 1868

Date of death: April 8, 1904

Age: 35

Naval Academy Register

Henry Kennedy Benham was admitted to the Naval Academy from New York on May 19, 1884 at age 16 years 9 months.

Naval Academy Photo Album


Henry died of appendicitis at the Naval Hospital at Key West, Florida, on June 27, 2018.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

In the 1900 census, Henry's birth was listed as July 1867. He actually was counted twice: at home with his parents and sister Eddith, and also on the USS Texas at Newport, R.I. Henry married Elizabeth Riley on 4/23/1901. His father was retired Rear Admiral Andrew Benham. Henry was commanding the torpedo destroyer Truxton when he died.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Naval Cadet, 19 May, 1884. Ensign, 1 July, 1890. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 27 April, 1898. Lieutenant, 3 March, 1899.

Class of 1888

Henry is one of 4 members of the Class of 1888 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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