Jean Adrien Antoine Jules Jusserand was a French author and diplomat. He was the French Ambassador to the United States during World War I, Jean Jules Jusserands career started in 1878 when he applied to the Foreign Affairs national competition, at the age of 23. He first started as a student-consul, and he was kept as a help-consul in London under the direction of Mr. Langlet. In 1880, he became sous-chef of the cabinet de Barthélemy-Saint-Hilaire and his literatry work enabled him to reach a higher status as Paul Cambons partner, Minister of France in Tunisia, in 1882. Where he will be in charge of the organisation of the protectorate. He is named a respected diplomate, thanks to his contributions to the humanization of the protectorate. Jusserand came back to the Quai d’Orsay in 1887, in a delicate moment, in 1898 he exerced in the role of emissary near Saint-Siège, then Minister of France in Copenhagen. He will be finally named ambassador in Washington in 1902, under the presidency of Loubet and he was born on 18 February 1855 in Lyon. Jusserand studied at the University of Lyon and then a Ph. D. in history, Jusserand entered the diplomatic service in 1876. Two years later, he became consul in London, after an interval spent in Tunis, 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, and remained there until 1925. He represented France during the Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding and he was a confidant of President Theodore Roosevelt and part of his secret du roi group. During the Polish-Soviet War, Jusserand took part in a mission to the Second Polish Republic. In 1919 he was involved with the Treaty of Versailles and he died on 18 July 1932 at his home in Paris. A pink granite bench in Rock Creek Park honoring Jusserand was dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on 7 November 1936 and it is the first memorial erected on Federal property to a foreign diplomat. In 2014 Washington City Paper called it the best obscure memorial in D. C, with Americans of Past and Present Days, for which he earned the first Pulitzer Prize for History. What Me Befell, The Reminiscences of J. J. Jusserand and this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain, Chisholm, Hugh, ed. Jusserand, Jean Adrien Antoine Jules. Works by Jean Jules Jusserand at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Jean Jules Jusserand at Internet Archive
J. J. Jusserand in 1910
Portrait of Jean Jules Jusserand in 1903
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.