10 Facts about Marquis de Lafayette

Post On: June 10, 2017
By: Agustina
In: People

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette tell the readers about the French aristocrat. He was born on September 6th, 1757 and died on May 20th, 1834. He was known as Marquis de Lafayette though his real name was Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier. During the American revolutionary war, he participated as a military officer. People simply called him Lafayette.  He also played an important role during the French Revolution in 1789 and July Revolution in 1830. The famous acquaintances of Lafayette included Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. Here are other interesting facts about Lafayette to notice:

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 1: the birthplace

The birthplace of Lafayette was located in Auvergne, France. His father was rich due to the landowning business.

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 2: an officer

When Lafayette was 13 years old, he had been commissioned as an officer.

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 3: the view of American Revolutionary war

He believed in the nobility of American revolutionary war. Therefore, he joined the war after reaching the New World.

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 4: major general

Lafayette was appointed as a major general during the American Revolutionary War. At first, he did not have any soldiers to command.

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Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 5: French support

Lafayette tried to convince France to support the American revolutionary war after he came back to his home country in the middle of the war. In 1780, he tried to reach the New York again to resume his command in the Continental Army. He earned a senior position.

Marquis de Lafayette Facts

Marquis de Lafayette Facts

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 6: return to France

In 1787, he earned the position in Assembly of the Notables after he came back to France. It was established to deal with the fiscal crisis in the country.

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Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 7: French Revolution

Lafayette played an important role during the French Revolution. The National Guard was under his command after the Bastille was stormed. He was arrested by the radical factions in August 1792. The Austrian troops caught him when he moved to Austrian Netherlands. He was jailed for five years.

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 8: Napoleon Bonaparte

In 1797, Lafayette was released due to the help of Napoleon Bonaparte. However, he was not interested to participate in his government.

Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette

Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 9: the long life position

Lafayette was appointed as a member of Chamber of Deputies after Bourbon Restoration took place in 1814.

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Facts about Marquis de Lafayette 10: death

On May 20th, 1834, Lafayette passed away. His burial is located in Picpus Cemetery in Paris.

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