Summary

A career naval officer, Commodore Perry is perhaps most famous for opening Japan to trade in the 1850s.

Conflict Period:
Other Service 1
Branch:
Navy 2
Rank:
Commodore 2
Birth:
10 Apr 1794 3
South Kingston, Rhode Island 3
Death:
04 Mar 1858 3
New York City, New York 3
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Full Name:
Matthew Calbraith Perry 3
Full Name:
Matthew C. Perry 2
Birth:
10 Apr 1794 2
South Kingston, Rhode Island 2
Death:
04 Mar 1858 2
New York City, New York 2
Burial:
Island Cemetery, Newport, Rhode Island 4
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Birth:
Mother: Sarah Wallace Alexander 1
Father: Christopher R. Perry 1
Marriage:
Jane (Jan) Sliddell Perry 5
1814 5
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Other Service 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Commodore 1
Service Start Date:
1809 1
Service End Date:
1858 1

Mexican-American War 2

Branch:
Navy 2
Rank:
Commodore 6

War of 1812 5

Branch:
Navy 5
Rank:
Lieutenant 5

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Commodore Perry was responsible for the peace and trade talks that led to the Treaty of Kanagawa on March 31, 1854. This, in turn, led to the end of Japanese isolationism and opened new trade opportunities for the United States.

Ships Perry served on

US schooner Revenge   Mar. - Oct. 1809

US frigate President   Oct. 1810 - Nov. 1813

US frigate United States   Nov. 1813 - Apr. 1814

US frigate President  Apr. - Dec. 1814

US brig Chippewa, Mediterranean Squadron   Jan. - Nov. 1815

USS Cyane, West Coast of Africa   Aug. 1819 - Mar. 1821

US schooner Shark West India Squadron   May 1821 - Sep. 1823

Receiving ship Fulton, N.Y., Comdg.   Sep. 1823 - Sep. 1824

USS North Carolina, Executive Officer, Mediterranean Squadron   Sep.1824 - Aug. 1827

USS Concord, Comdg., Mediterranean Squadron   Apr. 1830 - Dec. 1832

US steamer Fulton, Comdg.   Aug. 1837 - Jun. 1838

US steamer Fulton, Comdg.   Feb. 1839 - Mar.1840

US frigate Macedonian, Comdg., Flagship, African Squadron   Jul. 1843 - Apr. 1844

USS Mississippi, first as Comdg. Officer, later Comdg. Home Squadron   Oct. 1846 - Sep. 1847

USS Mississippi, Comdg. East India Squadron   May 1852 - Apr. 1855

(source: http://www.history.navy.mil/bios/perry_mc.htm)

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