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Commodore Matthew Perry
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Military Personnel
    (April 10, 1794-March 4, 1858)
    Born in Newport, Rhode Island
    US Naval officer
    Served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War
    Best known for opening Japan to the West (1854)
    Promoted to rear admiral
    Wrote 'Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Sea and Japan'
    He shares his name with Chandler from Friends.
    During the War of 1812, while his brother Oliver was defeating the British in the Battle of Lake Erie, he was trapped in port in Connecticut.
    He unsuccessfully urged the US to seize Taiwan from China.
    He died of cirrhosis of the liver from heavy drinking.
    He commanded the Navy's African Squadron to suppress illegal slave trading.
    He was known as the 'Father of the Steam Navy,' organized America's first corps of naval engineers, conducted the first US naval gunnery school, and helped establish the curriculum for the US Naval Academy.
    He negotiated the first US-Japanese treaty, ending the country's 200 years of isolation.
    Douglas MacArthur had Perry's flag displayed on the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender ceremony to end World War II.

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