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Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett
Birth: Oct. 16, 1833
Derby
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1908
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

America's first African-American diplomat. A man of African-American and Pequot Indian ancestry, Bassett was educated at the Connecticut Normal School and Yale University. A teacher by profession, Bassett resided in Philadelphia and played a vital role in the Union's Civil War effort by encouraging black men to enlist. In 1869 President Grant appointed him US Minister to Haiti, making him the first African-American to achieve such distinction. He served as Minister until 1877, including a year in which he concurrently served as Consul General in the Dominican Republic during the absence of a Minister. After completing his assignment in Haiti Bassett returned to education, including serving as Principal of the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia, where he taught and mentored students who later became prominent in the civil rights movement and other fields. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Children:
  Charlotte Bassett (1856 - 1912)*
  Ebenezer Bassett (1858 - 1922)*
  Iphigenia Bassett (1864 - 1875)*
  Elizabeth Bassett (1867 - 1929)*
  Ulysses Simpson Grant Bassett (1872 - 1942)*
  Frederick D. Bassett (1874 - 1877)*
  Olive Lubin Bassett (1876 - 1882)*
  Wendell P. Bassett (1878 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Grove Street Cemetery
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: H Magnolia
 
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Originally Created by: Nancy Gilbert
Record added: Feb 22, 2005
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Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett
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Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett
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His children were well educated and useful members of society!
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