Barry, John

10kb gif New Catholic Dictionary illustration for 'John Barry' (1745-1803) Captain, when that was the highest grade in the United States Navy, born Tacumshane, Wexford, Ireland; died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After being given command of the first warship, the Lexington, 1775, he was successful in capturing many British vessels during the American Revolution. When by Act of Congress, 27 March 1794, the United States Navy was permanently organized, Washington, with the consent of the Senate, appointed six captains, of whom Barry ranked first.

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