Jean-Marie MUSY was born on April 10, 1876 in Albeuve (Gruyère - canton of Fribourg - Switzerland), son of Jules Musy and Louisa, whose maiden name was Thédy. His parents were the owners of the Hotel (Auberge) of the Angel in Albeuve (Switzerland). He started studying at the Saint Michel college in Fribourg and then at the Saint Maurice Abbey where he obtained his degree in philosophy. Subsequently, he enrolled at the University of Fribourg law school, and he finished his doctorate in 1904. He also completed graduate studies in political science, and finance in Leipzig, Munich, Berlin and Vienna. German science passed as unequal models at the beginning of the twentieth century.
When he was thirty years old, he opened a law office in Bulle (Switzerland), after having worked for two years as the
attorney general in Fribourg. At the same time, he became the director of the Crédit Gruyérien in Bulle. In 1906 he married Miss Julietta Meyer, the daughter of
the Count Jules de MEYER and Maria POCOBELLI Meyer.
Jean-Marie and Juliette Musy had seven children: Pierre, Marie-Christine, Benoît, Vérène, Luigi, Marie-Thérèse, and
Christophe. Jean-Marie's sister, Pauline Musy, married Charles Comte in 1908 and five children were
In 1913, Jean-Marie and Auguste Barrans, seeing that the Gruyère cheese commerce is disorganized, take the initiative to help the cheese producers
of the region. The two men from Gruyère discard the concepts of a central cheese cooperative with the goal to take "the cheese on consignment, for the accounts of its
producers, and to obtain better sale prices. (http://www.gruyere.com/histoire.htm 1997)."
In 1914 he was elected to the National Council in Bern. He rapidly became one of the most competent representative from the French region
(Romande) of Switzerland to the National Assembly in Bern. In 1919, at the age of only 43 years old, he was elected Federal Councillor and devoted all of his strength to
the arduous task as the head of the Finance and Customs Department. Jean-Marie Musy was Vice-President in 1924 and elected President of Switzerland (Swiss Confederation) in 1925 and 1930.
From 1936-1939 several important Swiss financial organizations, in addition to foreign governments sought his valuable economic
recommendations. After many years of service to his country he permanently retired in 1939 and lived in the Castle of Middes (Switzerland) with his family.
After a long illness, Jean-Marie Musy died on April 19, 1952. The city of Fribourg (Switzerland) rendered its solemn homage to Mr.
Jean-Marie Musy on April 22, 1952.(funeral photos). He always kept an admirable affection for his birthplace of Albeuve (Gruyère) and familly roots in Grandvillard. Jean-Marie Musy remained his entire life an ally of free
enterprise and a free market economy, "but contained by the norms of moral law and social justice (Gaston Castella 1960)."
Throughout his life, Jean-Marie Musy was guided by a deep sense of humanity and Christian belief. He received the Apostolic Benediction from (Saint) Piux X in 1912 and Pope Pius XI in 1923.
In 1976, the town of Albeuve (Gruyère) built a fountain to honor Jean-Marie Musy.