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Early history of relations between the United States and Iran

Relations between Iran and the United States began in 1856 when the Shah of Persia sent Persia’s first ambassador to Washington, DC. His name was Mirza Abolhasan Shirazi and in 1883 the United States finally sent a diplomatic envoy to Iran, a man named Samuel Benjamin. It wasn’t until 1944 the ambassadorial relations were officially established though.
The United States was integral in assisting Iran as it attempted to gain its freedom from Russian and British influence in its quest for independence. American businessman saw another country in which to expand, a thought that was proven correct when an American company was hired to build a railroad in the country. Obviously that didn’t work out long term but in the short term there were benefits to being on the side of the Iranian people in early Iran and United States relations.