The subject was born in Lorient, France, where his father, Aaron Vail (1758-1813), a New York merchant, was United States consul and commercial agent. He came to live in the U.S. after his father's death and later served in various capacities with the U.S. State Dept. under Presidents James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson. He was the grandfather of Madame Jacques de Bon, wife of the donor.
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