From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Todd '54

Date of birth: 1835

Date of death: December 30, 1855

Age: 20

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details of his life or loss, except that it was on December 30, 1855, at Brooklyn, New York. He was 20 years old.

James Madison Todd, of Massachusetts was one of six members of the [entering] class of 1851 who "were advanced and permitted to complete the course in three years."


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 2 October, 1851. Midshipman, 10 June, 1854. Died 30 December, 1855.

Memorial Hall Error

James is listed as an Ensign; however, this rank did not exist until 1862. It appears he should more likely be remembered as a Midshipman.

Class of 1854

James is one of 2 members of the Class of 1854 in Memorial Hall.