Gen. Gilbert Marquis de LaFayette and the American Revolution.
He used his charisma and his Noailles grandfather-in-law's
influence to convince King Louis XVI to enter the war on the side of the Americans. France sent the capable Marquis de
Rochambeau to command the French armies and occasionally, Adm. Francois de Grasse at sea. Ancestor charts of Rochambeau
and de Grasse follow Lafayette's and his descendant, Queen Paola's charts.
After the war, Lafayette supported the French Revolution. During "The Terror" following the French Revolution, Lafayette sent his
son, George Washington Lafayette, to live with his old friend and mentor, President George Washington, in America. Lafayette
and the rest of his family spent some time in prison. The many atrocities in France caused Lafayette to drop out of politics. He and
his son visited America in 1824 and were greated by cheering crowds and gifts wherever they went. Louisiana gave Lafayette a large
land-grant. Lafayette is a 10th cousin-7x removed.
Note: There is some confusion over whether the picture shown for Lafayette's son (in the chart below) is not Lafayette, himself.
Lafayette's nearest royal ancestor was King Louis XII of France.