Khachig Oskanian was first noted to arrive in America from Constantinople in 1834. Oskanian initially came to the United States to seek higher learning. Author Dennis Papazian believes that Oskanian was most probably sent to the United States by Christian missionaries. Oskanian fulfilled his duties by graduating from the City College of New York. 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. His residence became an important gathering place for many of the Armenian immigrants.
Khachig Oskanian became the president of the New York Press Club and served as the Turkish Consul in New York. Oskanian always expressed his desires to establish a strong Armenian colony in America and name it "New Ani".
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