[History]The first American Embassador in China rested in GZ
2014-July-23 Source: Newsgd.com
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Rarely known by people, a historical Foreigners' Cemetery lies in Danes Island(also called Changzhou Island)in east Guangzhou. Surrounding by trees and water, there buried the first American Embassy in China, Alexander Hill Everett.

The granite tombstone and English inscription, which writes "Alexander Hill Everett First Resident Minister of the united States of America to China", make it distinctive from other tombs.

Alexander Hill Everett (March 19, 1792 – June 28, 1847) was a noted American diplomatist, politician, and Boston man of letters. He graduated at age 14 from Harvard University with the highest honors of his class.

After graduation, he was appointed diplomatic envoy of Petersburg, Netherlands and Spain successively. On July 4, 1845, he sailed for Canton to take up the post of commissioner. Unluckily he was detained by illness at Rio de Janeiro, and returned home. In the summer of 1846 he made a second and more successful attempt to reach his destination, but died in Canton shortly after his arrival, on June 28, 1847.

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