U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Commander Edward Herschel Scribner

Commander Scribner
Commander Edward Scribner

Commander Scribner’s class ring was donated to the United States Naval Academy museum by Mrs. Marjorie Gittings. Since leadership claimed the class of 1879 never received rings, Scribner’s ring was likely purchased after graduation. The ring was manufactured by Tiffany & Company and features a dark green stone with a variation of the 1879 class crest.[1]

Commander Scribner was born October 10, 1854 in Lowell, Massachusetts. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to the battleship Brooklyn in the Philippines, and later transferred to the Concord at Manila, which took part in the bombardment of Panay Island and participated in the Philippine Insurrection.[2] After an automobile accident in 1905, Lieutenant Commander Scribner retired from the Navy. In anticipation of America’s entrance into World War I, Scribner re-entered active service as a commander in March 1917. He commanded Connecticut’s Navy recruitment, headquartered at New Haven throughout the war. He died on January 31, 1928 and is buried in the family plot at Lowell Cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts.


[1] United States Naval Academy Museum card file of Curator James Cheevers, retrieved January 7, 2014.

[2] Frederick William Coburn, History of Lowell and Its People, Volume 3, (New York: NY, 1920), 233.