Franklin to Jefferson to Loria? Around the horn with French ambassadors

 

 

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.

Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria puts on a new hat as he jokes with pitchers and catchers during the first day of spring training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on February 14, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria puts on a new hat as he jokes with pitchers and catchers during the first day of spring training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on February 14, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

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.

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