List of People Granted Honorary French Citizenship During The French Revolution

During the French Revolution, France granted honorary French citizenship to those deemed champions of the cause. However, not all were sympathizers with the Revolution.

  • Joel Barlow
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • Robert Burns
  • Johann Heinrich Campe
  • Thomas Clarkson
  • Anacharsis Cloots
  • Cornelius de Pauw
  • Giuseppe Gorani
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
  • Tadeusz KoĹ›ciuszko
  • James Mackintosh
  • James Madison
  • Thomas Paine
  • Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
  • Joseph Priestley
  • Friedrich Schiller
  • George Washington
  • William Wilberforce
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  • David Williams
  • Thomas Muir
Honorary citizenship around the world
  • Berlin
  • Canada
  • Revolutionary France
  • Gyumri
  • Hamburg
  • Ireland
  • Paris
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Zagreb

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