Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de (1757–1834), a French soldier and statesman. He was a hero of the American Revolutionary War, having volunteered his services to the United States against France's old enemy, Great Britain, and became a symbol of the friendship between France and the United States. Lafayette was also prominent as a champion of liberty in the opening phase of the French Revolution.
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