The Citizen King in the North End

King Louis Philippe I of France was living above the current location of Boston’s famous Union Oyster House when he learned of the Coup de Fructidor and decided with his brothers to return to France.

The man at the center of decades of messy French politics arrived in the US in 1796, well into long world tour of exile. He covered a great deal of territory in the US before arriving in Boston.

In Boston, he stayed with James Amblard, a French tailor who kept his shop on the first floor on the three-story building on the corner of Marshall and Union Streets.

Louis-Philippe’s return to France and the crown would take another two decades, routed via Louisiana, Cuba, The Bahamas, Nova Scotia, New York and England. He ascended the throne in 1830 and ruled until his abdication in 1848.


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