1887: U.S. Names Jewish Minister to Ottoman Empire

Grover Cleveland nominated Oscar Straus to be envoy to Turkey; but the role of which he was most proud was his appointment to the Hague.

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On March 24, 1887, Oscar Straus was nominated by U.S. President Grover Cleveland to be the country’s minister – at the time the top-ranked title for an American diplomatic emissary -- to the Ottoman Empire. He...