Townsend Harris

Politics / Diplomacy

Year: 1804-1878


Townsend Harris was a New York businessman. From 1856 to 1861, Harris served as the first United States Consul General to Japan. He is credited with negotiating the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and Japan (known as the "Harris Treaty of 1858") which established trade relations between the two countries.


Source: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Added Date 03/15/2021