List of French Americans

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French Americans are U.S. citizens or nationals of French descent and heritage. The majority of Franco-American families did not arrive directly from France, but rather settled French territories in the New World (primarily in the 17th and 18th centuries) before moving or being forced to move to the United States later on (see Quebec diaspora and Great Upheaval). Also, the largest French territory in North America was sold to the U.S., absorbing their French citizens (see Louisiana Purchase). About thirteen million U.S. residents are of French descent, and about 1.5 million of them speak the French language at home. Being isolated, mixed with different cultures, or ignored, the French-Americans developed particular cultures that reflect varying degrees of adaptation of their environments. This gave birth to streams of French-Americans like the Acadians, the Cajuns (literally Acadian pronounced with a southern accent), Louisiana Créoles and many others.

The following is a list of notable French Americans by occupation, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are French American or must have references showing they are French American and are notable.


Business[edit]

General[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Actors[edit]

Artists[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Other entertainers[edit]

Explorers[edit]

Law and politics[edit]

Governors and presidents[edit]

Congressmen and senators[edit]

  • Les AuCoin Former Democratic congressman from Oregon.
  • Kelly Ayotte U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
  • Daniel Moreau Barringer, Whig U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1843 and 1849
  • James Blanchard, Governor of Michigan, House of Representatives, Ambassador to Canada.
  • Elias Boudinot (1740–1821) early American statesman[49]
  • James Carville French-American (Cajun) from Louisiana. He is an outspoken Democrat and served in the Clinton Administration. He has been a political commentator for many years. See below under "others" for more info
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton (born 1947) United States Secretary of State, former Democratic member of the United States Senate from New York, as the wife of Wiliam Jefferson Clinton, she is a former first lady of the United States.[50]
  • Davy Crockett (1786–1836), folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and Congressman from Tennessee.
  • Tom DeLay (born 1947) former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas, the former House Majority Leader, prominent member of the Republican Party[51]
  • Al Gore, environmental activist, author, businessperson, former politician, and former journalist. He served as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton and Senator from 1985 to 1993, Gor mother's name is LaFon and can trace back her ancestry in northern France
  • Mike Gravel (born 1930) Alaska former U.S. senator and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination[52]
  • F. Edward Hebert, former Congressman, Chairman of Armed Services Committee
  • Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (1855–1925) politician who served as a U.S. Congressman, the 20th Governor of Wisconsin from 1901–1906, and Senator from Wisconsin from 1905–1925 as a member of the Republican Party[8][nb 1]
  • Philip La Follette, Governor of Wisconsin two separate terms
  • Gary LeBeau, Senator since 1996.
  • Jay Le Fevre (1893–1970) New York Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1943 to January 3, 1951
  • John Baptiste Charles Lucas, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Bernard de Marigny, early President of the Louisiana Senate
  • Charlie Melancon, U.S. Congressman
  • Michael Michaud (born 1955) Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Millinocket, Maine, first elected in 2002.
  • Wilmer Mizell (1930–1999) Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina, 1969–1975.
  • Julien de Lallande Poydras (1740-1824) Represented the Territory of Orleans in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1809-1811; a self-made businessman, philanthropist, poet, and educator.
  • Daniel Roberdeau (1727–1795) represented Pennsylvania from 1777 to 1779 in the Continental Congress and served as a Brigadier General in the state militia during the Revolutionary War
  • Joseph Rosier, Senator
  • John Sevier (1745–1815) served four years as the only governor of the State of Franklin and twelve years as governor of Tennessee, and as a U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1811 until his death[53]

Mayors[edit]

Other politicians[edit]

Literature[edit]

Authors and writers[edit]

Education[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Military[edit]

Portrait of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, as a Lieutenant General, 1791

Religion[edit]

Science[edit]

Sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau
All Star Jason Marquis

Basketball[edit]

Football[edit]

Hockey[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Other[edit]

Art[edit]

Cuisine[edit]

Miscellanea[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ His great-grandfather was born in France, most of his other ancestry was English and American.
  2. ^ His French ancestors immigrated to England in the 16th century.
  3. ^ Born in Paris, France, to George L'Enfant and Frances Ragond, and immigrated to the U.S.

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