James Walker Benét (1857 - 1928)

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Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Westown, Pennsylvania, United States
Cause of death: Heart disease
Occupation: Colonel, U.S. Army, Ordnance Dept.
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About James Walker Benét

COLONEL J. W. BENET, EX-ARMY OFFICER, DIES  Father of Well-Known Authors, William Rose and Stephen Vincent Benet PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 30, 1928 – Colonel James Walker Benet, USA, retired, father of William Rose and Stephen Vincent Benet, well-known authors, died today of heart disease at Westown, Pennsylvania, in his seventy-first year.  He had been ill only four days.  Burial will be in the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia.

Son of Brigadier General Stephen V. Benet, Chief of the Ordnance Department, United States Army, Colonel Benet followed his father’s footsteps literally, spending practically his entire life in the Ordnance Department.  He was born in Richmond, Kentucky, on July 16, 1867, and graduated from West Point in 1880.  Four years later he graduated from the artillery school.

He was transferred from his station at Fort Hamilton, New York, in 1886 to the Ordnance Department.  From 1890 to 1894 he was assistant at the Frankford Arsenal, Philadelphia, and from 1894 to 1898 he was at the Bethlehem Iron Works, South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He served in order named at Watervliet Arsenal, New York; Rock Island, Illinois, Arsenal, Benicia, California, Arsenal and Augusta, Georgia, Arsenal, then became commander of the Ordnance Training Corps and later returned to Watervliet as Commander.  He retired in 1921.


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Col. James Walker Benét's Timeline

July 16, 1857
Richmond, Kentucky, United States
June 25, 1883
Age 25
June 13, 1884
Age 26
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
February 2, 1886
Age 28
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
July 22, 1898
Age 41
Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
March 30, 1928
Age 70
Westown, Pennsylvania, United States
March, 1928
Age 70
Arlington, Virginia, United States
- 1880
West Point Academy
- 1884
Army Artillery School