Albert Gallatin (1761-1849)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 27 x 23 1/4 in. ( 68.6 x 59.1 cm )
A diplomat and financier, Gallatin was born and educated in Switzerland but came to the Colonies during the struggle for independence. He served in the Pennsylvania state legislature (1790-92), and in Congress (1792-93, 1795-1801); under Presidents Jefferson and Madison he was secretary of treasury; he later served as United States minister to France (1816-23) and England (1826-27). From 1843 to 1849 he was president of N-YHS. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his great-grandson.
Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 281.
Bequest of Albert E. Gallatin
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