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Famous Birthdays Today: 1804 – Townsend Harris, 1st Western Consul to Reside in Japan.

Townsend Harris (October 3, 1804 – February 25, 1878) was a successful New York City merchant and minor politician, and the first United States Consul General to Japan. He negotiated the “Harris Treaty” between the US and Japan and is credited as the diplomat who first opened the Empire of Japan to foreign trade and culture in the Edo period. […]

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