President James Madison and Secretary of State James Monroe Appoint a Consul to France Just After Napoleon was Exiled and the Monarchy Restored

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Thomas Johnston started his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served as purser on board the legendary USS Constitution. He then went into the diplomatic service.

On April 20, 1814, the dethroned Emperor Napoleon left France for the isle of Elba, where he was exiled under the terms of the Treaty...

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President James Madison and Secretary of State James Monroe Appoint a Consul to France Just After Napoleon was Exiled and the Monarchy Restored

Thomas Johnston started his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served as purser on board the legendary USS Constitution. He then went into the diplomatic service.

On April 20, 1814, the dethroned Emperor Napoleon left France for the isle of Elba, where he was exiled under the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau. He arrived there on May 4, 1814. Napoleon, now 45 years old, pretended he was content with a life of retirement. All the while, however, he was plotting his return to Europe. Meanwhile, King Louis XVIII had succeeded him in Paris.

The United States needed a consul for the port of Calais, and President Madison selected Johnston.

Document signed by Madison as President and Monroe as Secretary of State, Washington, October 30, 1814, naming Johnston consul for Calais, France, and requesting his recognition as such by “His Majesty the King of France and Navarre…”

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