Friedrich Hassaurek

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Friedrich Hassaurek
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Personal details
Born(1831-10-08)October 8, 1831
DiedOctober 3, 1885(1885-10-03) (aged 53)
Resting placeSpring Grove Cemetery

Friedrich Hassaurek (8 October 1831 Vienna, Austria - 3 October 1885 Paris) was a United States journalist and ambassador.


He attended the Piaristen gymnasium. In the German revolutions of 1848, he served in the student legion, and was twice wounded. After the failure of the Vienna Rebellion in 1848, he came to the United States, settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, and engaged in journalism, politics, and the practice of law.

Hassaurek was prominent among campaigners for Abraham Lincoln during the 1860 Presidential election. In Kentucky, to gain a hearing, he appealed to the hospitality of the people. In Dayton, Ohio, he threatened to stay a month and try night after night until given a chance to speak. At another time, being abused and pelted with stones and missiles of all kinds, he laid down a revolver, and threatened to shoot any one that advanced upon him. Having thus intimidated the rough element, he was permitted to speak.[1]

On his non-career appointment by Lincoln as U. S. minister to Ecuador, Hassaurek went to thank the President “for appointing him to the highest position the administration had the power to give.” (The capital city of Ecuador, Quito, is over 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level.)[1] He served as minister from 1861 to 1865. In 1865, he became editor of the Cincinnati Volksblatt. He was a Liberal Republican for Horace Greeley in 1872, and in 1876 campaigned for Samuel J. Tilden.

He died in Paris while on a tour for his health. Leopold Markbreit was his half-brother.



  1. ^ a b Albert B. Faust, The German Element in the United States (2 vols.), Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1909, vol. 2, p. 131.


  • Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Hassaurek, Friedrich" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. This source records his birthdate as 9 October 1832.
  • H. A. Marmer (1960). "Hassaurek, Friedrich". Dictionary of American Biography. IV, Part 2. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 383–384.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Charles R. Buckalew
United States Minister Resident in Ecuador
July 15, 1861–January 13, 1866
Succeeded by
William T. Coggeshall