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Harris, Townsend

Born: 1804 AD
Died: 1878 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Diplomat

1804 – Born on the 3rd of October in Sandy Hill, New York U.S.

1846 – Harris became the president of the New York City Board of Education.

1847 – He was responsible for the establishment of the Free Academy.

         – He left New York after to embark on a series of financially disastrous trading voyages in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

1853 – He was living in Shanghai when Commo. Matthew C. Perry passed through the city on his way to Japan.

1854 – Signed between the Japanese government and Perry.

1855 – His political connections in Washington, D.C., to have himself appointed the first consul general to Japan.

1856 – Harris arrived in Japan in the summer and prepared to take up residence in accordance with the terms of the Treaty of Kanagawa.

1861 – He resigned and returned to New York City,

1878 – Died on the 25th of February in New York City.