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Matthew Calbraith PerryMatthew Calbraith Perry was born into a Rhode Island naval family and his first naval posting was under the close eye of his elder brother Oliver Hazard Perry who was captain of USS Revenge. Matthew Perry served on many U.S. naval vessels and was a battle hardened veteran of numerous wars and conflicts. His first command was on the USS Shark where he literally had to claim Key West (now part of Florida) and he himself was the first to plant the American flag on its soil. In between battles Perry was trusted by the president to embark on gunboat diplomatic missions included one to Japan where he proceeded to intimidate the Japanese to open trade with the U.S. He was not only remarkable for his escapades on the high seas but also his campaigning to modernise the U.S. navy including promoting the virtues of the steamboat. He led an colourful naval life which made it interesting researching and compiling my list of the six best Matthew Calbraith Perry quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Matthew Calbraith Perry
  • Born: 10th April 1794, Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
  • Died: 4th March 1858, New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Occupation: Naval officer and Commodore of the United States Navy
  • Commands held: USS Shark, USS Fulton, USS Mississippi
  • Theatres of action: War of 1812, Second Barbary War, Battle of Little Bereby, Mexican-American war, Battle of Frontiera, the Battles of Tabasco, the Battles of Tuxpan
  • Trivia: He was nicknamed The Father of the Steam Navy for his penchant for steam boats, one of which he captained (USS Fulton) in 1837

"Early in the afternoon the whole squadron was safely anchored at the position selected by me as the appointed rendezvous"

Matthew C. Perry

"As orders had been given similar to those issued by me in July last, no communication was allowed with anyone from shore"

Matthew C. Perry

"The 22nd being the anniversary of the birth of Washington, all of the ships of the squadron fired the usual salute"

Matthew C. Perry

"The most intelligent among them had heard of the name of Washington, though they had very vague notions of his history and character"

Matthew C. Perry

"I objected, remarking that undisturbed resting places for the dead were granted by all nations"

Matthew C. Perry

"The Japanese are remarkable for their inordinate curiosity"

Matthew C. Perry





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