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Sgt. Benjamin Graham


The Baltimore Sun - Monday - 17 June 1895

17 June 1895

Sgt. Benjamin Graham, a retired member of the Baltimore Police Department died yesterday [16 June 1895] at his home, located at 2010 Canton Ave. He was in the seventy-sixth year of his life. He had been on the police department's retired list since, 22 April 1880. His death came as the result of a complication caused by troubles, which were brought about by injuries received while he was in active duty. While on duty eleven years earlier Sgt Graham was badly injured after being struck by a coasting sleigh. It was those injuries that caused his retirement from the force and subsequently ended his life. At the time of his service, he was assigned to the Eastern District, of which he had done the last thirteen years of his service.

The Sergeant had an eventful career. He was born in Somerset County, Md. and started out early in his youth to become, a sailor. In his sea-faring years, he was shipwrecked twice, sailed around Cape Horn half a dozen times, and made a circuit of the world once. When eighteen years old he was on the bark Mary Kimball, which was wrecked In mid-ocean and whose crew drifted about for several days in the ship's life boat until rescued by an English bark and landed at Liverpool. He also served on the ships Governor Davis, Mary Anne, Richard Cobden, and the French bark Lillia, of Marseille, between the time of his first wreck and 1845. In that year he went to New Orleans in the transport ship America, from which port she took troops to Vera Cruz for the Mexican War. He was in the Baltimore clipper-ship Republic when she was wrecked, in 1848 off the coast of Ireland. After that, he was in ships in the South American trade, and sailed around to the Pacific, then came back East and entered as second mate vessels that ran in the China trade. Next, he tried his luck in the California gold fields for about eight months and then came back to Baltimore.

In 1857 Sergeant Graham was appointed on The Baltimore Police Department, where he remained until after the April Riots, with the Massachusetts Troops as they were passing through Baltimore on the 19th of April 1861. He was compelled to resign owning to political differences, but in 1867 was reappointed to the force and was made a sergeant, serving until his retirement. Sgt. Graham was married twice, his second wife and seven children survive him. Mr. George W. Graham, an employee of the Baltimore Post Office, is his son.

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 Sergeant Benjamin Graham died from complications of injuries sustained approximately 11 years earlier when he was struck by a coasting sleigh while on duty.

The injuries caused him to medically retire on April 22nd, 1886. He never fully recovered and he died on June 16th, 1895, after developing gangrene and septicemia as a result of the initial injury.

The exact date and location where the injury occurred are not known.

Sergeant Graham had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for a total of 23 years. He was survived by his second wife and seven children.

Prior to joining the police department in 1857, Sergeant Graham served as a sailor and had been shipwrecked twice.


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End of Watch 16 June 1895
City, St. 2010 Canton Ave
Panel Number N/A
Cause of Death  Complications from LODI
District Worked Eastern
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