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John Barry
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Name John Barry
Gender Male
Birth? 1745 Wexford, Republic of Ireland
Death? 1803
Reference Number? Q1593841?

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John Barry (March 25, 1745 – September 13, 1803) was an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. He is widely credited as "The Father of the American Navy" (and shares that moniker with John Paul Jones) and was appointed a captain in the Continental Navy on December 7, 1775. He was the first captain placed in command of a US warship commissioned for service under the Continental flag.

After the war, he became America's first commissioned naval officer, at the rank of commodore, receiving his commission from President George Washington in 1797.

Birth city is listed in Wikipedia article as 'Tacumshane,' but could that be another spelling for 'Tacumshin?'

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