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Jean Pierre Sioussat, c. 1815

Jean Pierre Sioussat, c. 1815

Date of Work
c. 1815
Credit
White House Historical Association

Jean Pierre Sioussat, c. 1815

Born in Paris in 1781, the charming Jean Pierre Sioussat was known as “French John.” Jefferson had appointed him doorkeeper, “an office of greater dignity than that of a mere hall porter,” as White House chronicler Esther Singleton noted in 1907. Sioussat advised Dolley Madison on the evacuation of the White House during the War of 1812. 

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