Hipsters have existed all throughout history, but few of the Hipsters of the past are ever recognized. Today we give commendation to French aristocrat and military officer of the 1700’s, Marquis de La Fayette.
La Fayette was instrumental in bringing French assistance to Colonial forces during the American Revolutionary War, and was a close confidant of Gen. George Washington.
What made La Fayette a Hipster?
Well for one, he was a poet, and oh boy did he know it. Although he wasn’t a very good one.
His name was Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Feyette (reportedly he made his name this long “just to be profound”).
He was French, and a successful soldier. Irony at its best. (Napoleon was technically Italian).
He was unwilling to cooperate with Napoleon’s government (probably because he didn’t want to be a conformist).
He wore a powdered wig (the “fixed-gear bicycle” of his time).
La Fayette was a lean, mean, ironic machine. And today, Marquis, we hipsters salute you!