Charles de Gaulle

Friday, July 07, 1944

General Charles de Gaulle visited the United States for several days in July 1944, spending time in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Americans in both cities warmly welcomed him. While the focus of his trip was a meeting with President Franklin Roosevelt, and to strengthen agreements between the U.S. and France, the General also made several ceremonial stops at historic or patriotic sites, including Mount Vernon. His visit was very brief, but he managed to tour most of the grounds, posed for press photographs, and signed the Mount Vernon guest book. This diplomatic trip to the U.S. occurred in the middle of an eventful summer, between the D-Day invasions in June and the Liberation of Paris in August.

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