From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jonathan Wainwright '67

Date of birth: January 29, 1849

Date of death: June 19, 1870

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright was admitted to the Naval Academy with an At Large appointment on July 29, 1863 at age 14 years 6 months.


Jonathan was lost on June 19, 1870 of wounds received two days earlier during an attack against a pirate ship near Mexico. He was serving aboard USS Mohican (1859).

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall under the heading "Action with Pirates 1870".

He is buried in New York. He was survived by his mother and brother, who went on to a successful naval career.

His father, Jonathan M. Wainwright II, was a naval officer killed in action in the Civil War.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 30 July, 1863. Graduated June, 1867. Ensign, 18 December, 1868. Died 19 June, 1870.


From Wikipedia:

The first ship was named for Commander Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II, his son, Master Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright III, and his cousin, Commander Richard Wainwright. Wainwright (DD-419) honored these three officers as well as Rear Admiral Richard Wainwright, the son of Commander Richard Wainwright. Wainwright (DLG-28) honored the previous four Wainwrights and Commander Richard Wainwright, the son of Admiral Wainwright.

Memorial Hall Error

The Class of 1867 panel and the killed in action panel both omit Jonathan's suffix; should be "III."

Class of 1867

Jonathan is one of 5 members of the Class of 1867 on Virtual Memorial Hall.