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Gallatin: America's Swiss Founding Father

Nicholas Dungan


Former statesman Albert Gallatin's story (1761–1849) is the opposite of the classic American immigrant tale. Gallatin made contributions to America throughout his career that far outweighed any benefit he procured for himself. He got his first taste of politics as a Pennsylvania state representative and went on to serve in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He became the Secretary of Treasury in Jefferson's administration and, despite being of the opposite political party to Alexander Hamilton, Gallatin fully respected his predecessor's fiscal politics. He undertook a special diplom ... More

Keywords: Albert Gallatin, immigrant, America, Secretary of Treasury, Jefferson administration, War of 1812, Treaty of Ghent, New York University, American Ethnological Society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814721117
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814721117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Dungan, author