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Commodore John BarryIrish influence was also found in the military.  Perhaps one of the most important, but often overlooked, military figures was Commodore John Barry.  Known as the father of the American Navy, Barry was born in 1745 in County Wexford, Ireland.  Barry made many significant contributions to the war for America’s independence.  He was the first to capture a British war vessel on the high seas.  He fought on land at the Battle of Trenton and Princeton and he fought the last naval battle of the American Revolution on the frigate Alliance in 1783. 
As a new country was born, the Irish along with fellow immigrants from many European countries put their mark on the idea of America.  While only a few are mentioned here, many more fought in the American Revolution, created new families, built businesses and sought new opportunities as the push for westward expansion began.   Check back often for more information on the influence of the Irish on the formation of the United States of America. 
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