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General Marquis de LaFayette - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 21.496 W 071° 03.794
19T E 330086 N 4691617
Quick Description: A LaFayette Day commemorative plaque honoring LaFayette's contributions to the American Revolution and to Franco-American friendship is located in Doric Hall of the Massachusetts State House at 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 12/3/2014 9:24:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMN0NN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Farkle 7
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Long Description:

Marquis de LaFayette was born in Chavaniac, in south central France on September 6, 1757, into a French aristocratic family. On December 6, 1776, 19 year old Lafayette arranged to enter the American service as a major general. After some difficulty in leaving Europe, he arrived in South Carolina on 13 June 1777 and joins the Continental Army and fought in the Revolutionary War under the command of George Washington. He was wounded during the Battle of Brandywine.

During the Revolutionary War he was able to negotiate an increase in French support. By his efforts and that support in the blockade of Yorktown was successful; which resulted in the termination of the war. LaFayette became a United States citizen during his lifetime. He died in Paris, France on 20 May 1834. In 2002, he was awarded honorary United States citizenship.

A 2' by 4' bronze wall plaque in Doric Hall contains a relief image of a bust of LaFayette and the following inscription:

LAFAYETTE DAY COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE

In commemoration of the Outstanding Contribution of
the General Marquis de LaFayette
to the American Revolution
and
In Recognition of his unfailing support and service in
the United States of America
and
In Honor of his lasting contribution to Franco-American
Friendship and Cooperation

The Twentieth Day of May was proclaimed
MASSACHUSETTS LAFAYETTE DAY
By the Massachusetts Legislature, April 8, 1935

Installed on this Twentieth Day of May, 1992
Massachusetts LaFayette Day Committee

The Massachusetts State House is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. All visitors must enter through the General Hooker entrance.

Type of Memorial: Plaque

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