Matthew Perry
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1794
Date of Death: 1858
Cause of Death: Cirrhosis
Occupation: Sailor
Spouse: Jane Slidell
Relatives: Oliver Hazard Perry (brother)
John Slidell (brother-in-law)
Military Branch: United States Navy
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Homeward Bound
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (April 10, 1794 - March 4, 1858) was an officer in the U.S. Navy in the mid nineteenth century. His older brother was War of 1812 hero Oliver Hazard Perry. Matthew Perry is best known for leading a flotilla of four gunboats to Japan in 1852 to present to the Japanese shogunate a letter from President Millard Fillmore demanding that Japan open trade relations with the United States; it had previously refused to deal with any foreigners other than the Netherlands and China.

Matthew Perry in WorldwarEdit

In 2031, the United States named its (and the known universe's) first FTL starship the Commodore Perry in Matthew Perry's honor.[1] Atvar, who was familiar with Perry's biography, expressed his concerns to the 37th Emperor Risson that, like Perry's expedition to Japan, the starship's visit to Home might be construed as a show of force to coerce the technologically inferior Race into complying with American demands unfavorable to its government.[2]

See AlsoEdit


  1. Homeward Bound, pg. 326.
  2. Ibid., pg. 345.

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