This post was a special request from my husband. The day that I published my last post, he said ” Are you going to show Conrad?
Now, you are all scratching your heads and saying “Who the heck is Conrad?” Read on.
This man’s portrait also comes from the collection at the Second Bank of the United States.
Enter the man in red:
Conrad Alexandre Gerard( 1729-1790), was the first French ambassador in the young nation that was the United States of America. In fact, France was the first country to officially recognize the young American nation, with a first commerce and friendship treaty signed the 6 February,1778.
We have a reason to show him here; my husband is a distant cousin of this famous figure! I don’t have all the details of this ancestry. But, my husband and this famous Frenchman have the same Gerard ancestors in common. Their roots come from a village called Vagney,in the Vosges region( the eastern part of France).
So, we could not leave Philly without saluting you, Conrad!
Vive la France!