The Complete Journal of Townsend Harris First American Consul General and Minister to Japan

The Complete Journal of Townsend Harris First American Consul General and Minister to Japan

The Complete Journal of Townsend Harris First American Consul General and Minister to Japan

The Complete Journal of Townsend Harris First American Consul General and Minister to Japan

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In 1916, the writer of this preface was appointed Deputy Director, and later Director, of Townsend Harris Hall, the Preparatory High School of The College of the City of New York. Immediately he became interested in learning why the school had been named after Townsend Harris. Preliminary researches revealed the two outstanding achievements of Townsend Harris's life: the first, that, as President of the Board of Education of New York City, he had been the driving force and chief inspiration for the founding of The College of the City of New York; and the second, that, by a particularly happy turn of the wheel of fortune, he had later been appointed our first Consul General for Japan, and had been successful in opening Japan and bringing her into the larger family of nations.

The writer surrendered himself whole-heartedly to the alluring subject of the life and work of Townsend Harris. As a loyal alumnus of The College of the City of New York, he turned first to the study of Townsend Harris's connections with his Alma Mater, and accordingly, in 1925, he published a volume entitled The Establishment of The College of the City of New York as The Free Academy in 1847. Townsend Harris. Founder.

It soon became apparent that the available information about Townsend Harris was scanty, with much of it inaccurate. An irresistible urge to undertake the pres-

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