Gilbert de Lafayette Memorial - Washington, D.C.
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N 38° 53.938 W 077° 02.125
18S E 323491 N 4307534
A statue/monument of Gilbert de Lafayette stands in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.
Waymark Code: WM35VR
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 02/15/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Gilbert de Lafayette is one of four European military leaders who assisted the American cause during the Revolution honored with a statue in Lafayette Park just north of The White House in Washington, D.C. The public park is located directly north of the White House on H Street between 15th and 17th Streets NW. The monument was created in 1891, and the sculptors were Jean Falguiere and Marius Mercie.

According to information posted on the internet (visit link): "The Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) was a nineteen-year-old French nobleman who sailed his own ship, La Victoire, in defiance of the French King, to America to assist the colonists. He brought with him a number of French soldiers to fight beside the colonists in the Revolutionary War. (Among them was Pierre L'Enfant, designer of the Federal City and aide to General Washington.)"

"Lafayette served as an aide to Washington at Valley Forge and contributed greatly to the defeat of the British under Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. He spent $200,000 of his own money supporting the American Revolution. After the war, Congress granted him that amount of money, along with a township of land."

"Lafayette was always a welcome visitor in the new nation's capital. He was the first foreigner to address a joint session of Congress (1824) and his portrait hangs in the chamber of the House of Representatives."
Type of Memorial: Statue

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