German

German general; died at the Battle of Fort Mercer.
German general, served in America 1776—82.
German colonel, mortally wounded during the Battle of Trenton; 1726—76.
Hessian general in command of German and Indian forces during the Saratoga campaign; 1738—1800.
Continental Army general from Prussia; drilled the troops at Valley Forge; 1730—94.

Lafayette’s years in America had given him the most glorious career it was possible for a youth of his disposition to imagine. He had fought for a noble cause, and won the love of a nation. George Washington sent him admiring and heart-sore letters after the marquis returned to France; the state of Virginia presented a bust of him to the city of Paris; the island of Nantucket sent him a 500-pound cheese. Lafayette cherished the love he had earned overseas, and never let the French forget it. When his first two children were born, he named the boy George Washington and the girl Virginia. At his Paris household, his family spoke English, and his messenger was dressed as an American Indian.

Richard Brookhiser
Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (2003)