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Marquis de Lafayette

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Marquis de Lafayette
by Charles Willson Peale, 1779-80

Marquis de Lafayette (1757 - 1834) joined the American Revolution and thereby learned much about politics in the United States. Although not yet twenty years old when he received his commission in the Continental Army, Lafayette quickly made a name for himself in the United States. Lafayette enjoyed a documented friendship with George Washington and shared the battlefield with Horatio Gates. However, he found his experience useless when he tried to apply it the very different and bloodier revolution in his native France. His attempts to transplant American representative government to French soil ended in his temporary imprisonment and exile from his country.