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John Barry

Death: Sep 13, 1803

Birthplace: Tacumshane

Nationality: United States

John Barry

Date of Death : Sep 13, 1803
Birth Place : Tacumshane

John Barry was an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. He is widely credited as "The Father of the American Navy" and was appointed a captain in the Continental Navy on December 7, 1775. He was the first captain placed in command of a US warship commissioned for service under the Continental flag. After the war, he became America's first commissioned naval officer, at the rank of commodore, receiving his commission from President George Washington in 1797.

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