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Marquis de Lafayette
Lafayette as a lieutenant general in 1791; portrait by Joseph-Désiré Court
Birth nameMarie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette
NicknameThe Hero of the Two Worlds (Le Héros des Deux Mondes)
Born6 September 1757(1757-09-06)
Chavaniac, France
Died20 May 1834(1834-05-20) (aged 76)
Paris, France
Buried atPicpus Cemetery
Allegiance Kingdom of France (1771–1777, 1781–1791)
 United States (1777–1781)
Flag of France (1790–1794).svg Kingdom of France (1791–1792)
Flag of France (1790–1794).svg French First Republic (1792)
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg Kingdom of France (1830)
Service/branch
Years of service1771–1792
1830
Rank
  • Major general (U.S.)
  • Lieutenant general (France)
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War

French Revolution

War of the First Coalition
July Revolution
AwardsOrder of Saint Louis
Other work
Signature

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834), known in the United States as Lafayette, was a French artistocrat, politician and Liberal thinker. He believed in Enlightenment, and played an important role both in the American War of Independence and the French Revolution. In 1789, he presented a draft of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. He worked on the document with Thomas Jefferson who was the American ambassador in Paris, at the time. view more...