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Statue / monument of John Barry in Washington DC by Sculptor John J. Boyle  Subject: John Barry
 Year: 1914
 Sculptor: John J. Boyle
 Location: Downtown
( I Street & 14th )

Barry (1745-1803) was born in Ireland and emigrated to the American colonies while he was in his twenties. After the battles at Lexington and Concord, he renamed his ship the Alfred and offered it to the Continental Congress to help fight the British. His ship was later commanded by naval hero John Paul Jones.

In 1776, when no ships were available for command, he raised troops and fought on land at Trenton, NJ.

Because of his role in building the first U.S. Navy and in training other naval leaders such as Stephen Decatur, Barry is sometimes called "the father of the U.S. Navy."

Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved

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