From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Graham '55

Date of birth: July 14, 1838

Date of death: November 19, 1856

Age: 18

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


From The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1867:

Richard Worsam Meade Graham, b. July 14, 1838. He entered the Naval Academy in Oct. 1851. He graduated at the head of his class as a midshipman in 1855, and sailed, in the Constellation, to the Mediterranean. While on his way to the Bosphorus he was stricken with typhoid fever, and died at Constantinople, Nov. 19, 1856. He is buried in the Protestant Cemetery at Pera. A monument was raised immediately to his memory by the officers, messmates and men of the Constellation.

He was from the territory of New Mexico.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 9 June, 1855. Died 19 November, 1856.

Memorial Hall Errors

Richard is listed as an Ensign; however, this rank did not exist until 1862. His rank was Midshipman. More significantly, illness is not a criteria for inclusion in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1855

Richard is one of 6 members of the Class of 1855 on Virtual Memorial Hall.