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Matthew Calbraith Perry
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Name Matthew Calbraith Perry
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Birth? 1795 South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Death? 4 Mar 1858 New York City, New York


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Matthew Calbraith Perry (April 10, 1794 – March 4, 1858) was a Commodore of the U.S. Navy and commanded a number of ships. He served in several wars, most notably in the Mexican-American War and the War of 1812. He played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 and is often associated with the Open Door Policy. Perry was very concerned with the education of naval officers and helped develop an apprentice system that helped establish the curriculum at the United States Naval Academy. With the advent of the steam engine, he became a leading advocate of modernizing the U.S. Navy and came to be considered The Father of the Steam Navy in the US. Commander of the expedition sent by the United States government to open intercourse with Japan, 1853-4.

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