Matthew C. Perry

1794 - 1858

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Matthew Calbraith Perry (April 10, 1794 – March 4, 1858) was an American naval officer who commanded ships in several wars, including the War of 1812 and the Mexican–American War. He played a leading role in the Perry Expedition that ended Japan's isolationism and the Convention of Kanagawa between Japan and the United States in 1854. Perry was interested in the education of naval officers and assisted in the development of an apprentice system that helped establish the curriculum at the United States Naval Academy. With the advent of the steam engine, he became a leading advocate of modernizing the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Matthew C. Perry has received more than 2,580,798 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Matthew C. Perry is the 250th most popular military personnel (up from 269th in 2019), the 654th most popular biography from United States (up from 704th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Military Personnel.

Matthew Calbraith Perry was an American naval officer and diplomat. He served in the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. He is most famous for his expedition to Japan in 1853, which led to the Convention of Kanagawa and the opening of Japan to the West.

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Among military personnels, Matthew C. Perry ranks 250 out of 2,058Before him are Wu Sangui, Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Vasily Stalin, Eumenes, and Roger de Flor. After him are Qutayba ibn Muslim, Jean Victor Marie Moreau, Karl Wolff, Italo Balbo, Ivan Bagramyan, and Otto Günsche.

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Among people born in 1794, Matthew C. Perry ranks 2Before him is Antonio López de Santa Anna. After him are Cornelius Vanderbilt, Elias Magnus Fries, Infante Francisco de Paula, Duke of Cádiz, Theobald Boehm, William Whewell, Józef Bem, Ignaz Moscheles, Wilhelm Müller, Aimable Pélissier, and Eduard Rüppell. Among people deceased in 1858, Matthew C. Perry ranks 6Before him are Robert Owen, Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Robert Brown, Hiroshige, and Rani of Jhansi. After him are Johannes Peter Müller, Karl Thomas Mozart, Anton Diabelli, John Snow, Ary Scheffer, and Aimé Bonpland.

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Among people born in United States, Matthew C. Perry ranks 654 out of 20,380Before him are Alec Baldwin (1958), Lionel Richie (1949), Stanford Moore (1913), Paul Berg (1926), George Minot (1885), and Gary Becker (1930). After him are John Glenn (1921), Billy Graham (1918), Joe Louis (1914), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Michael Crichton (1942), and James Rainwater (1917).


Among military personnels born in United States, Matthew C. Perry ranks 9Before him are Robert E. Lee (1807), Robert Peary (1856), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Paul Tibbets (1915), George Armstrong Custer (1839), and Albert Pike (1809). After him are Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), Benedict Arnold (1741), Richard Winters (1918), Yonatan Netanyahu (1946), and Charles Sweeney (1919).