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SENATE RESOLUTION 155--RECOGNIZING THE CITY OF ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, FOR ITS CRITICAL ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE FLEET OF COMMODORE OLIVER HAZARD PERRY DURING THE WAR OF 1812
(Senate - May 23, 2013)

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SENATE RESOLUTION 155--RECOGNIZING THE CITY OF ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, FOR 
 ITS CRITICAL ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE FLEET OF 
          COMMODORE OLIVER HAZARD PERRY DURING THE WAR OF 1812

  Mr. CASEY submitted the following resolution; which was referred to 
the Committee on the Judiciary:

                              S. Res. 155

       Whereas the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, due to its abundant 
     resources and strategic positioning, was recommended by 
     shipbuilder Daniel Dobbins to the United States Department of 
     the Navy as an ideal location for the construction of a naval 
     fleet;
       Whereas the victory by the United States over Great Britain 
     in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813 was a 
     crucial victory for the United States during the War of 1812, 
     and ensured that the United States maintained control over 
     Lake Erie for the duration of the war;
       Whereas the success of the fleet of Commodore Oliver Hazard 
     Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie helped to facilitate the 
     important victory of General William Henry Harrison at the 
     Battle of the Thames, as well as other military actions of 
     the United States throughout the War of 1812;
       Whereas the USS Lawrence and the USS Niagara, 2 flagships 
     of the fleet of Commodore Perry, were returned to Presque 
     Isle Bay, off the coast of the City of Erie, after completion 
     of their service;
       Whereas the City of Erie is home to the USS Niagara, which 
     continues to sail in memory of the heroism of the United 
     States forces in the Battle of Lake Erie;
       Whereas the City of Erie honors the legacy of Commodore 
     Perry through the Perry Monument at Presque Isle State Park; 
     and
       Whereas the City of Erie this year is recognizing the 200th 
     anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) honors the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, for its role in 
     the development and construction of the fleet of Commodore 
     Oliver Hazard Perry during the War of 1812; and
       (2) recognizes the historical significance of the 
     construction of the fleet of Commodore Perry and the 
     consequent victory of the United States in the Battle of Lake 
     Erie.

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