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This photograph shows a portrait of Bennett Riley that was probably commissioned by his family in the 1880s. Riley died June 9, 1853. The portrait has resided at the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Kansas, since about 1903. Bennett Riley, after whom Fort Riley was named, had a long and prestigious career in the U. S. military. Born in Virginia in 1787, he entered the army in 1813. In 1829 he commanded the first military escort on the Santa Fe Trail. In that same year, he succeeded Colonel Henry Leavenworth as commander of Fort Leavenworth. In 1847 he became a brigadier general. He also served during the Mexican War and, in 1848, he served as the last territorial governor of California, where he helped create their state constitution.
This image will be most useful when grouped with other sources in a case study of Ft. Riley, or with documents discussing escorts on the Santa Fe Trail.
KS:7th:1.5:Forts and Trails (2005)
Item Number: 494
Call Number: B Riley, Bennett *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 494
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Military
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Kansas forts and trails (Indicator 5) - Fort Riley
Date - 1880s
Home and Family - Clothing - Uniforms
Military - Facilities - Forts - Fort Leavenworth
Military - Facilities - Forts - Fort Riley
Military - Service - Army
Military - Wars - Mexican War
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Painting
People - Men
Places - Forts and military installations - Fort Leavenworth
Places - Forts and military installations - Fort Riley
Places - Other States - California
Thematic Time Period - Indian Territory, 1820-1854
Type of Material - Art objects - Original art - Paintings