“So ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, in what country on earth would you rather live? Certainly in my own, where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest and sweetest affections and recollections of my life. Which would be your second choice? France.”
— Excerpt from The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson, who most know as our third President, was preceded only by Benjamin Franklin in serving as Minister to France. Having served the public since well before our nation’s independence was tested and established, Jefferson carried with him the gratitude of a nation which without France’s help, might not exist as it does today.