Granite State Stories: Gen. Lafayette visits the capital

  • Engraving of Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) by Alonzo Chappel (1828-87), Johnson, Fry & Co., Publisher, 1863. N.H. Historical Society

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The great French general, the Marquis de Lafayette, spent over a year touring the United States in 1824 and 1825 to mark the 50th anniversary of American independence.

A hero of the Revolutionary War, Lafayette fought alongside George Washington, spent his own money to support American troops, and convinced France to send men, supplies, and ships to aid the American cause.

He visited New Hampshire on two separate occasions during his grand tour. He was greeted with great fanfare on his stop in Concord in June 1825, escorted from the town line to the State House by a military honor guard and full band. Roads, parks, and schools throughout New Hampshire were named after Lafayette to commemorate his tour.

The “Great Haystack,” a 5,000-foot peak in the White Mountains, was renamed Mount Lafayette in his honor.

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