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Christopher R. Perry
Date: 1761 - 1818
Remarks: Native/resident of South Kingstown(sp?), Rhode Island, who served in the Revolutionary War; commissioned Captain in the U.S. Navy in June 1798 and retired from the Navy in 1801; served as temporary Commandant of the Charleston (Massachusetts) Navy Yard during the War of 1812, and afterward as Revenue Collector at Newport, R.I.; Captain Perry had five sons who became naval officers, one of whom was Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), hero of the Battle of Lake Erie (1813), and another of whom was Matthew Galbraith Perry (1794-1858), who is credited with opening Japan to the Western world in 1854.