Edmond-Charles Genêt, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Edmond-Charles Genêt

French ambassador to the United States, during the French Revolution

Date of Birth: 08-Jan-1763

Place of Birth: Versailles, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 14-Jul-1834

Profession: politician, diplomat

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Edmond-Charles Genêt

  • Edmond-Charles Genêt (January 8, 1763 – July 14, 1834), also known as Citizen Genêt, was the French envoy to the United States during the French Revolution.
  • His actions on arriving in the United States led to a major political and international incident, which was termed the Citizen Genêt Affair.
  • Because of his actions, President George Washington asked the French government to recall him.
  • During this time, the government in France changed and an arrest warrant was issued for Genêt.
  • Fearing for his life, he asked for asylum in America, which was granted.
  • Genêt stayed in the United States until his death.
  • Historian Carol Berkin argues that the Genêt affair bolstered popular respect for the president and strengthened his role in dealing with in foreign affairs.

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