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"The American Consulate General in Belfast is one of our historic overseas posts. When it was established in 1796, the United States was still a very young nation.
Even then, the ties that linked our peoples of common values, of vibrant cultures, of burgeoning commerce and trade were profound.
Our Consulate General in Belfast, continuously open for two hundred years, is a symbol of the value we place on those enduring ties."
- William J. Clinton, President, The White House, May 20 1996.
This article looks at the early years of American Consular Representation in Belfast, from the appointment of James Holmes - the first Consul - in 1796.