From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Washington Totten '53

Date of birth: November 15, 1831

Date of death: December 27, 1854

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Washington's life or loss, except that he died at sea on board Independence on December 27, 1854. The ship was on her way to Rio De Janero, Brazil.

He was appointed to the Naval Academy from New York and has a memory marker in Washington, D.C.

He has no rank or date listed in the Register of Alumni.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 8 November, 1847. Passed Midshipman, 10 June, 1853. Died 27 December, 1854.

Memorial Hall Error

Washington is listed as an Ensign; however, this rank did not exist until 1862.

Class of 1853

Washington is one of 9 members of the Class of 1853 in Memorial Hall.