Khachig Oskanian

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Khachig Oskanian was a journalist and writer of The New York Herald newspaper and is one of the first Armenian settlers to the United States.[1][2]


Khachig Oskanian was first noted to arrive in America from Constantinople in 1834.[3][4] Oskanian initially came to the United States to seek higher learning.[4] Author Dennis Papazian believes that Oskanian was most probably sent to the United States by Christian missionaries.[4] Oskanian fulfilled his duties by graduating from the City College of New York.[5] Oskanian eventually became a feature writer for The New York Herald. In his columns and articles, Oskanian urged Armenians to emigrate from the Ottoman Empire and come live in the United States.[1] His residence became an important gathering place for many of the Armenian immigrants.[1]

Khachig Oskanian became the president of the New York Press Club and served as the Turkish Consul in New York.[5] Oskanian always expressed his desires to establish a strong Armenian colony in America and name it "New Ani".[6]


  1. ^ a b c Bedrosian, Margaret (1991). The magical pine ring : culture and the imagination in Armenian-American literature. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 35. ISBN 9780814323397. 
  2. ^ Avakian, Arra S. (1977). The Armenians in America. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co. p. 39. ISBN 9780822510260. 
  3. ^ Bakalian, Anny (1993). Armenian Americans: From Being to Feeling Armenian. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers. ISBN 1-56000-025-2.
  4. ^ a b c PAPAZIAN, DENNIS PAPAZIAN (2000). "ARMENIANS IN AMERICA". Het Christelijk Oosten. 52 (3-4): 311–347. 
  5. ^ a b Bulbulian, Berge (2000). The Fresno Armenians : history of a diaspora community. Fresno, CA: Press at California State University, Fresno. p. 8. ISBN 9780912201351. 
  6. ^ Mirak, Robert (1983). Torn between two lands: Armenians in America, 1890 to World War I. Distributed for the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University by Harvard University Press. p. 38. Retrieved 8 March 2013.