Person:Matthew Perry (1)

Matthew Calbraith Perry
  • HMatthew Calbraith Perry1795 - 1858
  • W.  Jane Slidell (add)
  1. Caroline Slidell Perry1829 - 1892
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Name Matthew Calbraith Perry
Gender Male
Birth? 1795 South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Marriage to Jane Slidell (add)
Death? 4 Mar 1858 New York City, New York
Reference Number? Q61855?

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Matthew Calbraith Perry (April 10, 1794 – March 4, 1858) was a commodore of the United States Navy who commanded ships in several wars, including the War of 1812 and the Mexican–American War (1846–1848). He played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854.

Perry was interested in the education of naval officers and assisted in the development of 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 United States. Commander of the expedition sent by the United States government to open intercourse with Japan, 1853-4.

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