The first Greek ambassador to the American Federation 1867-1868
From the Memoirs of Alexandros Rizos Rangavis With a Preface by E. Th. Soulogiannis. “Thus ended my mission to the New WHowever, the experorld… I carried with me from the New World intelible memories and impressions that had exceeded all my expectations,” says A. R. Rangavis in his Memoirs, when he concludes that fascinating description of his trip to America as a diplomat. Hecame to America soon after the Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln. He was not convinced about the necessity of his diplomatic mission which, in fact, did not last long. However, the experience of Rangavis’s sojourn in America was unique and utterly pleasant, in a way that he had never imagined. The account of this experience is given in his Memoirs with delightful details, a sense of humor, and at times a poetic touch, It provides us with a fresh view of a bygone America.