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Famous Birthdays Today: 1794 -Commodore Matthew C. Perry.

Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry’s naval career spanned nearly 50 years. A member of one of the most illustrious American naval families, young Matthew went to sea in 1809 at age 15, under the command of his older brother, Oliver Hazard Perry. His first command was the schooner Shark that sailed to Africa as part of the Navy’s efforts to stop […]

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