Gilbert Mottier De LaFayette
Marquis de la Fayette (or Lafayette), born September 1757 was a French military officer born in the province of Auvergne in south central France. Lafayette was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde Nationale during the French Revolution. In the American Revolution, Lafayette served in the Continental Army under George Washington. Although wounded during the Battle of Brandywine, he still managed to organize a successful retreat. He served faithfully thourghout the American Revolution. Lafayette was widely commemorated in the U.S. In 1824, the U.S. government named Lafayette Park in his honor. Lafayette College was chartered in Easton, Pennsylvania. Lafayette was honored with a monument in New York City in 1917. Portraits display Washington and Lafayette in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. Numerous towns and cities across the United States were named in his honor.