Ten fun facts about Commodore Perry


Fact 1
He served in several wars, most notably in the Mexican-American War and the War of 1812.

Fact 2
He played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 and is often associated with the Open Door Policy.

Fact 3
Perry was very concerned with the education of naval officers and helped develop an apprentice system that helped establish the curriculum at the United States Naval Academy.


Fact 4
With the advent of the steam engine, he became a leading advocate of modernizing the U.S. Navy.

Fact 5
He came to be considered The Father of the Steam Navy in the US.

Fact 6
He was a member of the Masons.

Fact 7
Perry received the title of Commodore in June 1840, when the Secretary of the Navy appointed him commandant of New York Navy Yard.

Fact 8
In his birthplace, Newport, Rhode Island, there is a memorial plaque in Trinity Church, Newport, and a statue of Perry in Touro Park designed by John Quincy Adams Ward erected in 1869 and dedicated by his daughter.

Fact 9
There is a Perry Park in Kurihama, Japan which has a monolith monument (dedicated July 14, 1901) to the landing of Perry's forces.

Fact 10
Matthew C. Perry Elementary and High School can be found on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan.


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Short about Commodore Perry
was a Commodore of the U.S. Navy and commanded a number of ships

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