Townsend Harris

Townsend Harris

Born: October 3, 1804

Died: February 25, 1878

Nationality: American

Occupation: Businessman

Biography: Townsend Harris 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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