Fleet-footed ambassador advised five US presidents

Jean Jules Jusserand
Jean Jules Jusserand worked with five American presidents while he was France's ambassador to the USA

Being able to keep up with Theodore Roosevelt on a country walk cemented American-French relations at the start of the 20th century

Early French-American relations were helped by the ability of a French man to walk exceptionally fast.

It is said that Jean Jules Jusserand (1855-1932) was the only man who could keep pace with President Theodore Roosevelt. Mr Jusserand was the French Ambassador between 1902 and 1925 and became a close friend of the President when they found they both enjoyed hiking and they would often ...

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