The city’s most famous son, Friedrich Ferdinand von Steuben, was born in the Prussian town of Magdeburg in 1730. He left Europe from Marseilles, France and arrived in America in 1777.
He is considered one of the most important figures in the Revolutionary War contributing greatly to the organization and preparation of troops. After the Revolutionary War, Steuben took residence in New York City where he died in 1794. In his hometown Magdeburg, you can see a statue that commemorates Baron Friedrich Ferdinand von Steuben. A plaque at the post office remembers the great son of the city, and there are several busts in the museum and the city hall. A large Steuben Parade is held in New York City each year as well as in other American cities.