One of Hamra’s main streets in Beirut, Bliss Street is named after Dr. Daniel Bliss, a Christian missionary from the United States and the founder of the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Daniel Bliss was born on August 17th, 1823, in Georgia, Vermont. He passed away on July 27th, 1916, in Beirut, Lebanon.
He attended Andover Theological Seminary and prepared for foreign and overseas missions. Bliss was assigned to Syria in 1855 and arrived in Aley, Lebanon in 1856.
He founded the Syrian Protestant College, which opened in Beirut in 1866 and came to be known as the American University of Beirut. He was named President of AUB.
A building in the university and the popular Bliss Street were named after him.
Up to the mid-1960s, the tram used to pass along that street and stopped in front of AUB’s Main Gate.
Rue John Kennedy
Originally called Rue Perthuis, this street in Ras Beirut was renamed in 1963 to honor President John F. Kennedy, the famous 35th president of the United States who served from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.