Lafayette was a business man Noble. We must first understand who he was and how Fayetteville was shaped by him and his image to understand why we celebrate these businesses today!
Who was Lafayette and how Fayetteville NC is named after him?
Who was Lafayette?
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette was born on 6 September 1757. He was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War, he was the key figure in French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830.
At the age of twelve, he had lost both of his parents and grandfather also. He was left a young and wealthy orphan. At the age of fourteen, he joined to royal army. He fought many battles and at the age of 19, he came to America to assist the rebellious Americans in 1777. Besides all his battle experiences he also take part in social activities. He named his son after George Washington.
He was very much impressed by the America revolution, he planned for a history’s most important document about human and civil rights with the help of Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence’s principal architect. In 1784, Maryland conferred honorary citizenship upon Lafayette. He became the sixth foreign national to be given honorary American citizenship by Congress.
He was considered as a great revolutionary leader. At the age of 76, Lafayette died in Paris on May 20, 1834.