Kermekchiev, also known as Ace Kermek, was an acclaimed doctor and writer as well as the first consular representative of the United States in Bulgaria. He graduated from Robert College in Istanbul which at the time was a popular destination among Bulgarians of means and later went on to study medicine in Paris. In 1912, Kermekchiev was appointed consular representative of the United States and served as such until 1914. At the age of 51, he moved to New York but continued following the events in Bulgaria and writing about Balkan politics in New York Times. Kermekchiev is also the founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. His memorial plaque marks the 100th anniversary of the consular relations between the two countries.
100 YEARS OF AMERICAN-BULGARIAN RELATIONS CELEBRATEDSonya Ninova
On 14 June, the American Ambassador James Warlick, Sofia Deputy Mayor Todor Chobanov and the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Valentin Georgiev unveiled the new memorial plaque of Assen Kermekchiev (1872-1953) in the Kristal Garden, Sofia.
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