Sep 9, 2007

Happy Birthday Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier!

AKA the Marquis de Lafayette, or Lafayette as he liked to be called. He was born in September 1757. This month marks his 250th birthday.
It's been said that Lafayette was "a statue in search of a pedestal," and if that's true, he certainly would have liked this area. There is a statue of him in York, PA and one (pictured above) in Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Havre de Grace was named after some remarks made by Lafayette upon visiting the place; that it reminded him of Le Havre in France. Before that, it was called Harmer's Town.
Lafayette was commissioned a major-general in the Continental Army at the age of 20 and served, according to George Washington, with "a large share of bravery and military ardour."


wvgirl said...

I think "a large share of bravery and military adrour" means he didn't run away and did well with the ladies.

Happy Birthday, Laffy!

falmanac said...

There's some truth to that. At first he was appointed to a high rank to make nice with the French, but he turned out to be pretty damn useful.