Townsend Harris, American merchant, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1878) was born on October 3, 1804.

Townsend Harris was an American merchant and politician who served as 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 Shogunate Japan to foreign trade and culture in the Edo period.

Townsend Harris, American merchant, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1878) was born on October 3, 1804.

October 3, 1804

Townsend Harris, American merchant, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1878) was born on October 3, 1804.

Townsend Harris was an American merchant and politician who served as 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 Shogunate Japan to foreign trade and culture in the Edo period.