Jean Jules Jusserand

Jean Adrien Antoine Jules Jusserand

J. J. Jusserand in 1910
Born 18 February 1855
Lyon, France
Died 18 July 1932(1932-07-18) (aged 77)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Alma mater University of Lyon

Jean Adrien Antoine Jules Jusserand (18 February 1855 – 18 July 1932) was a French author and diplomat. He was the French Ambassador to the United States during World War I.[1]


He was born on 18 February 1855 in Lyon. Jusserand studied at the University of Lyon and then a Ph.D. in history and a law degree in Paris.[2] Jusserand entered the diplomatic service in 1876. Two years later, he became consul in London. After an interval spent in Tunis (Tunisia was at that time a French protectorate), he returned to London in 1887 as a member of the French Embassy.

In 1890, Jusserand became French minister at Copenhagen. In 1902, he was transferred to Washington, where he married an American citizen, Eliza Richards,[3] and remained there until 1925. He represented France during the Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge administrations. He was a confidant of President Theodore Roosevelt and part of his "secret du roi" group.[4] During the Polish-Soviet War, Jusserand took part in a diplomatic mission to the Second Polish Republic. In 1919 he was involved with the Treaty of Versailles.

He died on 18 July 1932 at his home in Paris.[1]


Jean Jules Jusserand monument in Rock Creek Park, Washington D.C., just off Beach Drive and Western Ridge Trail, across the foot bridge from Peirce Mill.

A pink granite bench in Rock Creek Park honoring Jusserand was dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on 7 November 1936. It is the first memorial erected on Federal property to a foreign diplomat.[5] In 2014 Washington City Paper called it the "best obscure memorial" in D.C.[6]


Jusserand was a close student of English literature who produced some lucid and vivacious books on comparatively little-known subjects:


  1. 1 2 "Jules Jusserand Expires". Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. 18 July 1932. Retrieved 2013-12-09. Jean J. Jusserand, former French ambassador to the United States, died at 8 o'clock this morning. ... Death came peacefully as he lay ill in his Paris home.
  2. Young, Robert J. (Spring 2009). "'Interrogating' Modernity: Bureaucrats, Historians, and French Ambassador Jules Jusserand" (PDF). Journal of Historical Biography. 5: 23–47.
  3. ONE WOMAN'S JEALOUSY CAUSED ANOTHER'S WOE, in the Tacoma Times; published 9 January 1904 (via Chronicling America); retrieved 27 November 2014
  4. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris, 2001. Random House. Page 393
  5. "Rock Creek Park: Monuments, Statues and Memorials". National Park Service. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  6. Michael E. Grass (2014). "Best Obscure Memorial: Jules Jusserand Memorial". Washington City Paper.
  7. Jusserand, Jean Jules (1916). With Americans of Past and Present Days. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
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