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Albert Gallatin
4th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
May 14, 1801 – February 8, 1814
President Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
James Madison (1809-1814)
Preceded by Samuel Dexter
Succeeded by George W. Campbell
Personal details
Born (1761-01-29)January 29, 1761
Geneva, Switzerland
Died August 12, 1849(1849-08-12) (aged 88)
Astoria, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Sophia Gallatin (desc.)
Hannah Gallatin
Profession Politician, Teacher

Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin (January 29, 1761 – August 12, 1849) was a Swiss-American ethnologist, linguist, politician, diplomat, Congressman, and the longest-serving United States Secretary of the Treasury. He was also a founder of New York University.


  • The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University honors his founding.
  • Gallatin's portrait was on the front of the $500 United States Note issued in 1862–63.
  • Gallatin's portrait was on the standard 1¼¢ stamp from 1967–73.
  • Friendship Hill National Historic Site, a 661-acre estate which includes the beautifully restored home of Albert Gallatin, is run by the National Park Service and is located within the boundaries of the Albert Gallatin School District in Fayette County, PA. It is open to the public.
  • The United States Department of the Treasury's highest career service award is named the Albert Gallatin Award in his honor.
  • USCGC Gallatin (WHEC-721), a 378-foot (115 m), high-endurance Coast Guard cutter homeported in Charleston, S.C., is named for him.


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