Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Marquis de Lafayette Hall
In 1777 the 20-year old Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, purchased a ship and sailed with a party of soldier-adventurers from France to America to join Washington's army. So impressive was the young marquis that he was made major general (without pay) by the Continental Congress and joined George Washington's staff. He was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, served at Valley Forge, and played a vital role in the Yorktown Campaign. He returned home as a hero and at the age of 24 was raised by King Louis XVI to the rank of marechal-de-camp (brigadier general) in the French Army. A hero in both countries, he was influential in France and America, continuing to work diligently and diplomatically on behalf of American interests.
In 1784 Lafayette revisited America and stayed with Washington at Mount Vernon. On his farewell visit in 1824 he was magnificently entertained as a guest of the City of Washington. During this festive triumphal
All in all the First Commencement Day of our very young Columbian College was truly splendid-exceeding all expectations. Indeed it was one that would have done honor to any of the older universities in the nation. The press was enthusiastic in its reports of the Commencement. The weather was unusually fine. "Every part of the performance evinced talents and mental cultivation of a high order." The house was crowded with an "intelligent and fashionable auditory." Music was furnished by the United States Marine Band. Lafayette expressed his thanks for the honor
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President
John D. Zeglis, Chairman, Board of Trustees
Charles T. Manatt, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Sheldon S. Cohen, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Lilien F. Robinson, Chair, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Kuyomars "Q" Golparvar, President, Student Association
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #06 John Quincy Adams series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 18, 1997.
Location. 38° 54.035′ N, 77° 2.812′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on I Street Northwest west of 21st Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. On the Campus of George Washington University. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington (a few steps from this marker); GW's River Horse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walter E. Washington Memorial Arch (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named GW's River Horse (about 400 feet away); A Bench By The Road (about 400 feet away); Home of James Monroe (about 400 feet away); George Gamow (about 500 feet away); Pembroke College, Oxford, Coat of Arms (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
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