|Marquis de Lafayette|
|Birth name||Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette|
|Nickname||The Hero of the Two Worlds (Le Héros des Deux Mondes), America’s Favourite Fighting Frenchman|
|Born||6 September 1757|
|Died||20 May 1834 (aged 76)|
|Buried at||Picpus Cemetery|
|Allegiance|| Kingdom of France (1771–1777, 1781–1791)|
United States (1777–1781)
Kingdom of France (1791–1792)
French First Republic (1792)
Kingdom of France (1830)
|Years of service||1771–1792|
|Battles/wars||American Revolutionary War
|Awards||Order of Saint Louis|
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 aristocrat, 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 then the American ambassador in Paris.
Birth and family[change | change source]
Gilbert du Motier was born at the château de Chavaniac, in southern France. His father, Louis Christophe du Motier, was Marquis of La Fayette in his own right. His mother, Marie Louise Jolie de La Rivière, was from an aristocratic family from northern France.
Children[change | change source]
- Adrienne Henriette Catherine Charlotte du Motier (Hôtel de Noailles 15 December 1775- Paris 3 October 1777) died young.
- Anastasie Louise Pauline Motier du Motier (Paris 1 July 1777 - Turin 24 February 1863, Turin) married Jules César Charles de Fay, Count of La Tour Maubourg.
- George Washington Louis Gilbert du Motier (24 December 1779 - 29 November 1849) died childless but married Émilie d'Estutt de Tracy.
- Marie Antoinette Virginie du Motier (17 September 1782 - 23 July 1849) married Louis de Lasteyrie du and no u, Marquis of Lasteyrie.
References[change | change source]
- Carlier Jeannie, Lafayette, Héros des deux Mondes, Payot, 1988.
- Gregory Payan, Marquis de Lafayette: French Hero of the American Revolution (New York: PowerPlus Books, 2002), pp. 5–6
- "Adrienne de Noailles, Marquise de La Fayette". This is Versailles. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette at Wikimedia Commons