Born this day, Sept. 6, 1757, he inherited a fortune when his parents died. He joined the French military and, at age 16, became a captain. At 19, he purchased a ship and sailed to America to fight in the Revolution. Washington appointed him a major general. His name was Marquis de Lafayette. He led forces to several victories and persuaded France to send aid. Nearly 50 years later, Lafayette was guest at a ceremony at Bunker Hill, along with 200 Revolutionary veterans. Daniel Webster spoke: "God ... has allowed you to behold the reward of your patriotic toils; and He has allowed to us ... in the name of liberty to thank you!"