Matthew C. Perry

Apr 10, 1794 - Mar 4, 1858

Matthew Calbraith Perry was a commodore of the United States Navy who commanded ships in several wars, including the War of 1812 and the Mexican–American War. 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.
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“I objected, remarking that undisturbed resting places for the dead were granted by all nations.”

Matthew C. Perry
Apr 10, 1794 - Mar 4, 1858
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