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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 opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa 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 2,186,686 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Matthew C. Perry is the 263rd most popular military personnel (down from 242nd in 2019), the 704th most popular biography from United States (down from 663rd 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 263 out of 1,468Before him are Italo Balbo, Maurice de Saxe, Lothar Rendulic, Svetozar Boroević, Andranik, and Alois Brunner. After him are Sun Bin, Maurice Benyovszky, Omar Bradley, Yermak Timofeyevich, Erich Priebke, and Oenomaus.

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Among people born in 1794, Matthew C. Perry ranks 2Before him is Antonio López de Santa Anna. After him are Elias Magnus Fries, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Theobald Boehm, Infante Francisco de Paula, Duke of Cádiz, Ignaz Moscheles, William Whewell, Wilhelm Müller, Józef Bem, Aimable Pélissier, and Ami Boué. Among people deceased in 1858, Matthew C. Perry ranks 7Before him are Robert Owen, Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Robert Brown, Rani of Jhansi, Hiroshige, and Karl Thomas Mozart. After him are John Snow, Anton Diabelli, Johannes Peter Müller, Dred Scott, Hermann Heinrich Gossen, and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.

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Among people born in United States, Matthew C. Perry ranks 704 out of 18,182Before him are Margaret Hamilton (1936), Thomas Harris (1940), Paul Morphy (1837), Carl Lewis (1961), Philip Johnson (1906), and Robert E. Howard (1906). After him are Jules Dassin (1911), Charles Taze Russell (1852), Scott Joplin (1868), Robert Downey Jr. (1965), Benjamin Thompson (1753), and Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893).


Among military personnels born in United States, Matthew C. Perry ranks 9Before him are Desmond Doss (1919), Robert Peary (1856), George S. Patton (1885), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), George Armstrong Custer (1839), and Paul Tibbets (1915). After him are Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), Albert Pike (1809), William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821), and Stonewall Jackson (1824).