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Benjamin Franklin was an extremely important asset to foreign relations prior to and during the American Revolution. He served as ambassador to France during the war, and he was crucial in securing French military assistance and negotiating the Treaty of Paris.

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During the period of the period between 1776 until 1779 America sent Envoys to France rather than a single ambassador. The envoy was composed of Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee, John Adams for Silas Deane.

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France had no ambassador to the United States until just prior to the French Revolution in 1792 when George Washington was president. Prior to that there were several famous Generals such as La Fayette who represented France's interests with the United States, fighting for the U.S. in the Revolutionary War, and French Admiral d'Estaing and the Comte de Rochambeau, who maintained a good working relationship with General Washington.

Edmond-Charles Genêt

Edmond-Charles Genêt (January 8, 1763 - July 14, 1834), also known as Citizen Genêt, was a French ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution.

Genêt was born in Versailles in 1763. He was the ninth child and only son of a French civil servant, Edme Jacques Genet (September 11, 1726-September 11, 1781) head clerk in the ministry of foreign affairs. The elder Genet analyzed British naval strength during the Seven Years' War and monitored the progress of the American Revolutionary War. Genêt was a prodigy who could read French, English, Italian, Latin, Swedish, and German by the age of 12.

At 18, Genêt was appointed court translator, and in 1788 he was sent to the French embassy in Saint Petersburg. Over time, Genêt became disenchanted with the ancien régime, learning to despise not just the French monarchy but all monarchical systems, including Tsarist Russia under Catherine the Great. In 1792, Catherine declared Genêt persona non grata, calling his presence "not only superfluous but even intolerable." The same year, the Girondists rose to power in France and appointed Genêt to the post of minister to the United States.

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France had no ambassador to the United States until just prior to the French Revolution in 1792 when George Washington was president. Prior to that there were several famous Generals such as La Fayette who represented France's interests with the United States, fighting for the U.S. in the Revolutionary War, and French Admiral d'Estaing and the Comte de Rochambeau, who maintained a good working relationship with General Washington.

Edmond-Charles Genêt

Edmond-Charles Genêt (January 8, 1763 - July 14, 1834), also known as Citizen Genêt, was a French ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution.

Genêt was born in Versailles in 1763. He was the ninth child and only son of a French civil servant, Edme Jacques Genet (September 11, 1726-September 11, 1781) head clerk in the ministry of foreign affairs. The elder Genet analyzed British naval strength during the Seven Years' War and monitored the progress of the American Revolutionary War. Genêt was a prodigy who could read French, English, Italian, Latin, Swedish, and German by the age of 12.

At 18, Genêt was appointed court translator, and in 1788 he was sent to the French embassy in Saint Petersburg. Over time, Genêt became disenchanted with the ancien régime, learning to despise not just the French monarchy but all monarchical systems, including Tsarist Russia under Catherine the Great. In 1792, Catherine declared Genêt persona non grata, calling his presence "not only superfluous but even intolerable." The same year, the Girondists rose to power in France and appointed Genêt to the post of minister to the United States.

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Benjamin Franklin served as the first ambassador or "Minister to France" (and later also to Sweden) during the Revolutionary War and afterward, from 1778 to 1785.

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Benjamin Franklin was ambassador to France during the REvolution. He was later joined as ambassador by John Adams.

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Benjamin Franklin :)

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John Bigelow

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