Fayette County Cultural Trust - Explore Fayette County Pennsylvania
Albert Gallatin
 
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. In 1831, he founded the University of the City of New York. In 1896, this university was renamed New York University and is now the largest private university in the United States.
Born in Switzerland, Gallatin immigrated to America in the 1780s, ultimately settling in Pennsylvania. He was politically active against the Federalist Party program, and was elected to the United States Senate in 1793, but was removed from office by a 14–12 party-line vote after a protest raised by his opponents suggested he had fewer than the required nine years of citizenship. In 1795 he was elected to the House of Representatives and served in the fourth through sixth Congresses, becoming House Majority Leader. He was an important leader of the new Democratic-Republican Party, and its chief spokesman on financial matters and opposed the entire program of Alexander Hamilton. He also helped found the House Committee on Finance (later the Ways and Means Committee) and often engineered withholding of finances by the House as a method of overriding executive actions to which he objected. While Treasury Secretary, his services to his country were honored in 1805 when Meriwether Lewis named one of the three headwaters of the Missouri River after Gallatin.
 
 
Friendship Hill National Historic Site, maintained by the National Park Service, was the home of early American politician Albert Gallatin. It overlooks the Monongahela River near Point Marion, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles (80 km) south of Pittsburgh.
The home itself is made up of six sections. The earliest of these is the original brick house built in 1789. This original structure was constructed in the Federalist style with a Flemish bond. Along the north side of the brick house, a simple frame dwelling was added in 1798. A stone kitchen was added in 1823, a State Dining Room in 1895, a south bedroom wing was finished in 1902, and the servants' quarters were added in 1903.
The house was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 12, 1965, and was therefore administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places with its establishment on October 15, 1966. The national historic site was established on November 10, 1978, and is administered under Fort Necessity National Battlefield.
 
 
 
 
You need Flash Player in order to view this.
TRIBUTE TO ALBERT GALLATIN
Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin (January 29, 1761 August 12, 1849) was an American ethnologist, linguist, politician, diplomat, Congressman, and the longest-serving United States Treasury Secratary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Albert Gallatin
Albert Gallatin
Albert Gallatin Statue
Albert Gallatin Statue
Treasury Building Washington DC
1967 US Stamp Honoring
1967 US Stamp Honoring
Albert Gallatin