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I have the following sentences:

  1. This was made crystal clear by President Franklin Roosevelt, the principal author of the "Four Freedoms" and the Atlantic Charter.
  2. This was made crystal clear by no less a person than President Franklin Roosevelt, the principal author of the "Four Freedoms" and the Atlantic Charter.

What's the meaning of the expression "no less a person than" ?
What's the difference in meaning between sentence #1 and #2?
When do you use the expression "no less a person than" ?

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It is an idiomatic expression used to emphasize the person cited:

no less a person than (in American)

a person of no lower importance, rank, etc. than

(Collins Dictionary)

Usage examples from Google Books:

He was the hero of a remarkable episode, having succeeded no less a person than Vittorio Alfieri in the affections of no less a person than Louise de Stolberg, Countess of Albany, widow of no less a person than Charles Edward Stuart, the second pretender to the British crown. Surely no woman ever was associated ...From A Little Tour in France By Henry James

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  • What If the person cited is not important or not very important and you just want to emphasize them. For example: - This is no less a person than my friend Timmy. (Introducing Timmy to others) Is it possible to use the expression in cases like this? Jan 23, 2019 at 22:19
  • @JorgeElSoñador - yes, in that case you are saying that your friend Timmy is important to you.
    – user 66974
    Jan 23, 2019 at 22:23
  • Generally in the case of a non famous person like Timmy➖you might add➖no less a person than my best friend Timmy or another such descriptive.
    – M.Mat
    Jan 24, 2019 at 0:55

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