Photographic portrait of Brigadier General Bennet Riley, from a painting in the office of Commander at Fort Riley, Kansas, ca.1790. A man with light wispy hair and a beard stands stiffly in his uniform, with two rows of buttons and epaulets on his shoulders. His eyes stare into the center of the foreground, and his neck is concealed by a tall stiff collar.; He entered the service as ensign in 1813. From that time on he served his country in many of its battles -- in the west with Indians and with mauraders and was advanced in command. As Lieut. Colonel in July 1846, was ordered to Mexico in command of the Second Brigade. General Riley relieved Col. Mason at Mason's request as Governor California, April 13, 1849. Through the lawless and troublesome time served with great firmness and wisdom. He assisted in the formation of the State Constitution and turned over his civil power to the first governor, Peter F. Burnett" -- from Eldredge's "Beginnings of San Francisco" Volume 2, page 692. "Born in St. Mary's county, Maryland.