Citizen Genêt Affair2018-01-13T16:29:41+00:00
Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.

George Washington was President during the Citizen Genêt Affair.

Citizen Genêt Affair

1793–1794

The Citizen Genêt Affair was a diplomatic incident that strained relations between the United Sates and France at the time of the French Revolution.

In 1793, the newly-formed revolutionary government in France appointed Edmond Charles Genêt as French minister to the United States. Upon his arrival in the U.S., “Citizen Genêt,” as he referred to himself, set about trying to undermine the U.S. government’s official position of neutrality in the war Great Britain and Spain were waging against France. In just a few months, Genêt’s actions had irritated President Washington and his cabinet so much that they requested the French government to recall him. The Genêt Affair prompted the U.S. government to formulate an official policy on neutrality that lasted throughout the 19th century.

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  • Article Title Citizen Genêt Affair
  • Coverage 1793–1794
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  • Keywords citizen genêt affair
  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date January 18, 2019
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 13, 2018