Oliver Hazard Perry

Oliver Hazard Perry (HM271A)

Location: Erie, PA 16501 Erie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 7.793', W 80° 5.047'

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“We have met the enemy and they are ours”


"We have met
the enemy and
they are ours

to the Pennsylvanians
who built and served
aboard Perry's Erie-based
ships for the decisive

Battle of Lake Erie
September 10, 1813

August 23, 1985
to honor the
two hundredth birthday
of the

hero of the
Battle of Lake Erie

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

Born August 23, 1785 · South Kingston, Rhode Island
Died August 23, 1819 · Port of Spain, Trinidad

From the original statue sculpted by Captain William Green Turner (1833-1917) in Florence Italy in 1884 and dedicated with the following words at Washington Square, Newport, Rhode Island on September 10, 1885:

"The statue is designed to represent Perry...
as he appeared in that supreme moment of his life, when he had just gained the deck of the Niagara before he had recovered his knocked-off cap, and while in distinct succession he was giving orders to... 'bear down on the enemy's line' ...orders which infused new enthusiasm into all the American crews..."

This statue
erected on the bicentennial of Perry's Birth
August 23, 1985

by the

County Historical Society
through a grant from
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
with the assistance of
State Assemblyman Bernard J. Dombrowski
and additional major contributions from
Erie Insurance Group · The City of Erie · E.E. Austin & Son · Captain Thomas B. Hagen · The First National Bank of Pennsylvania · The Hammermill Foundation · J. Robert Baldwin · The Times Publishing Company · Marine Bank · Erie Council of the Navy League · Zurn Industries

Dedication Speaker for the Secretary of the Navy
Rear Admiral William A. Walsh, U.S. Navy

Unveiled by
Commander Oliver Hazard Perry, III, U.S. Navy

Commodore Perry Bicentennial Committee

Captain Thomas B. Hagen, Chairman

John R. Claridge · Rear Admiral Charles A. Curtze · Rear Admiral Stephen E. Jones · Rear Admiral Denys W. Knoll · Edward J. Lopus · Commander Eric M. Marshall · Congressman Thomas R. Ridge · Michael J. Ripton · Robert F. Taft · Mayor Louis J. Tullio · Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler

Additional assistance and cooperation from

The Flagship Niagara League, Dr. M. Roy Strausbaught and Fred Langill · City of Newport, R.I., Patrick J. Kirby, Mayor · U.S. Navy · Herman C. Weber, Jr., AIA, Weber Murphy Fox Architects

Podium design,

Merle T. Westlake, AIA, the Stubbins Associates, Architects, Cambridge, MA. · Statue foundry, Tallix, Inc., Peekskill, N.Y.

Don't Give Up The Ship

Perry's famous battle flag with the dying words of his friend, Captain James Lawrence of the frigate Chesapeake.

Made by a group of Erie women led by Margaret Forster Stewart in her East 4th Street home.
HM NumberHM271A
Year Placed1985
Placed ByErie County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 575697 N 4664603
Decimal Degrees42.12988333, -80.08411667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 7.793', W 80° 5.047'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 7' 47.58" N, 80° 5' 2.82" W
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Area Code(s)814
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 650 French St, Erie PA 16501, US
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