Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

Inducted: 1965
Born: 1785
Died: 1819

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, 1785-1819, naval hero of the famous Battle of Lake Erie during the war of 1812. On September 10, 1813, his ten-ship squadron defeated a comparable British force, thereby giving America control of that strategic waterway, a feat that made Perry a national hero. His terse note to General William Henry Harrison has become a naval classic–“We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”

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