Ebenezer Bassett

Politician, Deceased Person

1833 – 1908

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Who was Ebenezer Bassett?

Ebenezer D. Bassett was an African American who was appointed United States Ambassador to Haiti in 1869. He was the first African-American diplomat.

Ebenezer Bassett was appointed as new leaders emerged among free African Americans after the American Civil War. An educator, abolitionist, and civil rights activist, Bassett was the U.S. diplomatic envoy in 1869 to Haiti, the “Black Republic” of the Western Hemisphere. Through eight years of bloody civil war and coups d'état there, Bassett served in one of the most crucial, but difficult postings of his time. Haiti was of strategic importance in the Caribbean basin for its shipping lanes and as a naval coaling station.

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Born
Oct 16, 1833
Connecticut
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yale University
Lived in
  • Derby
Died
1908

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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