Oliver Hazard Perry (August 23, 1785–August 23, 1819) was an officer in the United States Navy. He served in the War of 1812 and earned the nickname "Hero of Lake Erie" for leading American forces in the decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.
At his request during the war he was given command of U.S. Naval forces on Lake Erie. He supervised the building of a small fleet. On September 10, 1813 Perry's fleet defended against an attacking British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. His battle report after victory: "We have met the enemy and they are ours".
While this opened Canada up to possible invasion, it simultaneously protected the entire Ohio Valley . It was the only significant fleet engagement of the war.
In 1819, during an expedition to Venezuela, he died of disease caused by indigenous insects.