The young Marquis arrived in America at the age of 19 ready to serve the cause of liberty in the American Revolution. He quickly became part of Washington’s military family and over the years, their relationship grew to that of a father and his adoptive son.

George Washington met the nineteen-year-old Marquis de Lafayette on August 5, 1777, less than a week after the Continental Congress appointed the young Frenchman to be a volunteer Major General in the Continental Army. Lafayette was assigned to serve on Washington's staff. Lafayette, one of the richest young men in France, left his home country on March 25, 1777, filled with desire to fight against the British in the American Revolution. Marquis de Lafayette became a valued member of General Washington's close-knit military family.

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Who Was Marquis de Lafayette?

Who Was Marquis de Lafayette?

One of the richest young men in France, Marquis de Lafayette left his home country on March 25, 1777, filled with desire to fight against the British in the American Revolution.

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Lafayette's Plan for Ending Slavery

Lafayette's Plan for Ending Slavery

In the closing days of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette wrote his old commander George Washington suggesting an experiment: the two would purchase land where enslaved people could then work as free tenants.

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Lafayette at Valley Forge

Lafayette at Valley Forge

The Marquis de Lafayette spent most of December 1777 and January 1778 with George Washington and his Continental Army troops at their winter quarters at Valley Forge.

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Lafayette on Washington's Legacy

One of the earliest prominent visitors to Washington’s tomb was his close friend, colleague and military partner during the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette.

One of the earliest prominent visitors to Washington’s tomb was his close friend, colleague and military partner during the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette.

The young Marquis arrived in America at the age of 19 ready to serve the cause of liberty in the American Revolution. He quickly became part of Washington’s military family and over the years, their relationship grew to that of a father and his adoptive son.

When Lafayette was imprisoned during the French Revolution, he sent his son, Georges Washington Lafayette to live with President and Mrs. Washington where the he was treated as family. Although they did not see each other, the friendship between Washington and Lafayette remained closely knit through correspondence.

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At Washington’s death, Lafayette keenly felt the loss of a much beloved father figure as well as a symbol to the world of quiet leadership and honor.

Now or Never: The Yorktown Campaign

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Lafayette Bedchamber

This room is often referred to as the Lafayette bedchamber because it is believed that the marquis stayed here while visiting the Washingtons.

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