Brigadier General Stephen V. Benet was born in Florida on January 22, 1827 and graduated third in his class from the United States Military Academy on July 1, 1849.
General Benet was famous for his progressive development of cartridge cases and primer design, which contributed greatly to the early success of the Gatling and other manually operated machine guns.
He also wrote a book on electro-ballistic machines. He was the eighth Chief of Ordnance, a position which he held from June 23, 1874 to January 22, 1891.
General Benet retired from military service on January 22, 1891 and died on January 22, 1895.