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Famous Emigrants

John Vernou Bouvier III (1891-1957) was a Wall Street stockbroker. His parents were John Vernou Bouvier, Jr. (1865-1948) who descended from the French cabinetmaker Michel Bouvier (1792-1874). Michel left France in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon and settled in Philadelphia. He opened a furniture shop and had clients such as Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother who had immigrated to New Jersey. Michel gained a fortune in real estate speculation and his son Michel Charles became the first stockbroker in the family. He left his fortune to his nephew, Major John Vernou Bouvier, Jr. His son, though, became more famous for his drinking, gambling and womanizing and his daughter, US First lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy

Actor James Eugene “Jim” Carrey was born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He is the youngest of four children of Kathleen née Oram and Percy Carrey, a musician and accountant. His family was Catholic and of French Canadian ancestry with the original last name being Carré. He is best known for his movies such as Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty or the Truman Show.

The most famous “French lady” in the US though is certainly Miss Liberty. The sculpture “Statue of Liberty” by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was a present from France to America in the year 1886 to commemorate the French-American alliance during the War of Independence (1776-1783).

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