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George Washington
President Washington Appoints a Frenchman as Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Paris During the French Revolutionary Wars to Mollify the Pro-French Faction in the U.S. This very appointment would lead Ambassador to France James Monroe to set Department policy by insisting that only American citizens serve as heads of consulates in foreign lands
09/06/1794. Washington would soon rescind this controversial appointment and replace him with a British-born American to satisfy the pro-British factionFrom 1790 to 1794, the French Revolution became increasingly radical. After French King Louis XVI was tried and executed on January 21, 1793, war between France and monarchal nations Great Britain and Spain inevitably followed. These two powers joined Austria and other European nations in the war against Revolutionary France that had already started in 1791. The United States sought to remain neutral, but this policy was made difficult by heavy-handed British and French actions. The British harassed and seized neutral American merchant ships, while the French Government dispatched a controversial Minister to the United States, Edmond-Charles Genêt, whose violations of the American neutrality policy embroiled the two countries in the Genet affair in 1794. And although Americans had treaty and sentimental bonds with France for its help in the Revolution, the Reign of Terror in France that began on September 5, 1793, eroded that support.Serious divisions existed in the United States between those who supported the French, including Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and those who supported the British, including Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Fearing the repercussions of a war with Britain, and the unpreparedness of the United States to deal with such a war, President George Washington sided with Hamilton. He issued a formal proclamation of neutrality on April 22, 1793. Jefferson resigned his office on Decemb … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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