"The First of Patriots - The Best of Men"

"The First of Patriots - The Best of Men" (HM11JX)

Location: Washington, DC 20005
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 54.11', W 77° 1.906'

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Commodore John Barry (1745-1803) was born in County Wexford, Ireland, but by age 15 called Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. He commanded several Continental Navy ships during the Revolutionary War and won decisive victories over the British. In 1794, Barry received appointment as senior captain of the new United States Navy and President George Washington signed his commission.

Barry oversaw construction of and later commanded the frigate United States. During the Quasi-War with France, the Commodore commanded a naval squadron fighting the French in the West Indies from 1798-1800. Celebrated as a founder of the United States Navy, he was a gallant warrior, a guiding force in shipbuilding and supply, and mentor to the next generation of naval leaders.

On May 15, 1914, Admiral George Dewey, President Woodrow Wilson, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Barry descendent Elise H. Hepburn unveiled the Barry Memorial. Numerous Irish-American and United States Navy groups joined the celebration honoring this great naval figure.

Sculptor John J. Boyle's Barry statue fittingly stands in Franklin Park, named in honor of Barry's fellow Philadelphian and American Revolution hero Benjamin Franklin.

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Grand Union Flag
Adopted in 1775 as the First National Flag of the United States

First Navy Jack
Symbolized the American spirit of liberty and resistance to tyranny.

Lexington Flag
Flown by Captain Barry from his Continental Navy brig in 1776.

Ranger Flag
Hoisted by Captain John Paul Jones from his sloop-of-war in 1778.

Alliance Flag
Flown from Continental Navy frigate Alliance 1779.
HM NumberHM11JX
Year Placed2012
Placed ByNational Mall and Memorial Parks - National Park Service - US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 12:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323815 N 4307845
Decimal Degrees38.90183333, -77.03176667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.11', W 77° 1.906'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 6.60" N, 77° 1' 54.36" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 901-957 14th St NW, Washington DC 20005, US
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