Although John Quincy Adams was a boy accompanying his father during the 10 months that he lived at this location, the French honor that he too grew up to be a U.S. president.
John Adams, 1823-24 Second President of the US,
painting by Gilbert Stuart via Wikimedia Commons
At this corner is a plaque that reads, "Here stood the Hôtel de Valentinois where Benjamin Franklin lived from 1777-1785 and where he installed the first lightening rod in France." In Franklin's time, this neighborhood, called Passy, was a separate town outside the official Paris city border. The perimeter of Paris expanded over time overtaking small border towns like Passy...today it is a posh Parisian neighborhood.
Franklin was well know in France for his science and publishing before he arrived. Always attempting to speak French and finding favor in the French royal courts, Franklin eventually became the United States of America's first ambassador to France.
Read about Franklin's reputation among the French and his diplomatic accomplishments:
Benjamin Franklin Historical Society. (2014). Ambassador to France. Retrieved from http://www.benjamin-franklin-history.org/ambassador-to-france/
Ducksters Education Site. (2019). Biography: President Benjamin Franklin. Retrieved from https://www.ducksters.com/biography/ben_franklin.php
Franklin, Benjamin. [Wikimedia commons]. (1791). Mémoires de la Vie Privée de Benjamin Franklin, Ècrits par Lui-Même, et Adressés á son Fils. Title Page. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mémoires_de_Franklin.jpg
Isaacson. [Wikimedia Commons]. (Circa 18th Century). Scan from Benjamin Franklin. An American Life. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franklin_in_his_fur_cap.png
NCC Staff. [Constitution Daily: Smart Conversation from the National Constitution Center]. (2015). America’s First Rock Star: Benjamin Franklin in France. Retrieved from https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/americas-first-rock-star-benjamin-franklin-in-france/