There’s been a lot of noise around South Florida about the possibility that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will be nominated as U.S. Ambassador to France.
Next to nothing has been said, however, about our previous ambassadors and envoys in Paris. Probably you’ve heard of some of these guys.
Included below are the years each man headed our diplomatic office in France and a bit about their additional roles in public service.
Benjamin Franklin (1778-1785) One of our Founding Fathers
Thomas Jefferson (1785-1789) U.S. President
Gouverneur Morris (1792-94) Drafted the preamble to U.S. Constitution
James Monroe (1794-96) U.S. President
Charles Pinckney (1796-1797) Revolutionary War general
Robert Livingston (1801-04) Was on committee that drafted Declaration of Independence
William King (1844-46) U.S. Vice President
James Gavin (1961-62) Made four combat jumps while serving as U.S. general during WWII
Sargent Shriver (1968-70) Founded the Peace Corps
Now it must be noted that Loria is an international art dealer and clearly knows his way around Europe, but whenever I try to type his name onto the bottom of that list, it sure feels like something is getting lost in the translation, as well as the qualifications. This is how it works, though.
Sweet jobs like this are generally reserved for major donors and major friends on the winning side. Every election. Every century. Everywhere around the world.