U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Rear Admiral Benjamin Franklin Hutchison

Midshipman Benjamin Hutchison

Rear Admiral Benjamin Franklin Hutchison’s class ring was donated to the Naval Academy Museum by his widow Mrs. Helen Seymour (Weaver) Hutchison in May 1937. Rear Admiral Hutchison’s ring was manufactured by Black, Starr and Frost-Gorham. [1]

Rear Admiral Benjamin Franklin Hutchison was born on February 12, 1868 in Boonville, Missouri. Naval Cadet Hutchison graduated 5 of 35 naval cadets on June 7, 1889. He participated in the cruise of the Great White Fleet aboard battleship USS Wisconsin. His sea commands included the gunboat USS Wheeling, scout cruiser USS Birmingham, and battleship USS Kansas (BB-21). A veteran of World War I, Rear Admiral Hutchison was awarded the Navy Cross for his service as Commanding Officer of battleship USS Kansas. At his request, due to illness, he was relieved as Commandant of Washington Navy Yard. Rear Admiral Hutchison is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica New York. He died in service on December 17, 1927 at his summer home in Utica, New York at the age of 59.[2]

1889 Ring

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Benjamin Franklin Hutchison, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. KANSAS, during World War I.[3]


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

[2] United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Inc., 2013 Register of Alumni, (Chesapeake, VA: Harris Connect, 2012), A7.

[3] "Hall of Valor," militarytimes.com, accessed May 5, 2016, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=9595.