Who was Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier?

Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier was the French nobleman better known to history as the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834).

In 1777, at the age of 19, Lafayette came to America to volunteer in the Revolutionary War.

Idealistic and adventurous, he was appointed a major-general and helped to secure military assistance from France.

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