US 1888 Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) 90c. Scott. 218

US 1888 Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) 90c. Scott. 218

Series: 1881-1888 American Bank Note Co. Great Americans

Issued date: 28-02-1888 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 30c.
Emission: Definitive

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 218
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 223
Michel (Germany): 59
Yvert et Tellier (France): 69

Dimensions (height x width):
28.6mm x 25.4mm

Stamp Colors: Purple
Perforation: line 12

Themes: Politicians, Statesmen, Famous People, Military Officers, Heads of State

Description:- Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) was an American naval commander, born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The best-known and most prominent member of the Perry family naval dynasty, he was the son of Sarah Wallace Alexander and United States Navy Captain Christopher Raymond Perry, and older brother of Commodore Matthew C. Perry.

Perry served in the West Indies during the Quasi War of 17981800 against France, in the Mediterranean during the Barbary Wars of 18011815, and in the Caribbean fighting piracy and the slave trade, but is most noted for his heroic role in the War of 1812 during the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. During the war against Britain, Perry supervised the building of a fleet at Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned the title "Hero of Lake Erie" for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal and the Thanks of Congress. His leadership materially aided the successful outcomes of all nine Lake Erie military campaign victories, and the victory was a turning point in the battle for the west in the war. He is remembered for the words on his battle flag, "Don't Give Up the Ship", which was a tribute to the dying command of his colleague Captain James Lawrence of USS Chesapeake.