- NAME: Marquis de Lafayette
- OCCUPATION: Military Leader, Political Leader
- BIRTH DATE: September 06, 1757
- DEATH DATE: May 20, 1834
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chavaniac, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Paris, France
- Full Name: Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
- Nickname: "Hero of Two Worlds"
- AKA: Marquis de Lafayette
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Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette fought in the American Revolutionary War and helped shape France's political structure before and after the French Revolution.
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He fled the country in 1792, but was captured by Austrian forces and didn't return to France until 1799.
Lafayette maintained a low profile while Napoleon Bonaparte took power as emperor of France,
but he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies during the Hundred Days and vehemently argued for Napoleon's abdication following the defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in July 1815.
After Charles X was overthrown during the July Revolution in 1830, Lafayette was presented with the opportunity to become dictator. The aging statesman demurred to let rule pass to Louis-Philippe, and instead was reestablished as commander of the National Guard. Following a battle with pneumonia, he died on May 20, 1834.
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