Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Photo taken at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. According to the tag there, Jefferson sat for this sculpture just before leaving Paris and thought Houdon was one of the greatest artists in the world.

Thomas Jefferson was the second Minister Plenipotentiary to France (as far as I can tell, this means that he was the ambassador to France). He was Benjamin Franklin’s replacement. In fact, when he first arrived in Paris, someone is supposed to have actually asked if he was Franklin’s replacement, to which he is reputed to have responded “No one can replace him. I am only his successor.”

Part of the Place des √Čtats-Unis is actually Square Thomas Jefferson.