From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Bennet Riley '56

Date of birth: 1835

Date of death: September 28, 1854

Age: ~19

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


Bennet was lost sometime after September 28, 1854 when USS Albany (1846) went missing between Aspinwall (now Colón, Panama) and New York.

He was the son of Bennet C. Riley, who was once military governor of California.

He has a memory marker in New York.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 27 December, 1850. Midshipman, 14 July, 1852. Lost in the Albany, 28 September, 1854.

Memorial Hall Error

Bennet's name is incorrectly spelled with two Ts in Memorial Hall; his middle initial should also be "I" and not "J."

Class of 1856

Bennett is one of 5 members of the Class of 1856 on Virtual Memorial Hall.