Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Gallatin250 Project


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Albert Gallatin, born in January 1761 and raised in Geneva, immigrated to the United States and began a long career of distinquished service: U.S. Senator, Congressman, the longest-serving U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, negotiator of the Treaty of Ghent, U.S. Minister to France and Britain, and the first president of the Council of New York University, among other distinctions.

In honor of Albert Gallatin's distinguished career, the Embassy of Switzerland invites you to celebrate Gallatin250. This initiative will feature the Gallatin250 Roundtables, a series of public discussions across America addressing the topic of public debt and fiscal responsibility. It will also include the launch of a new biography of Gallatin by Nicholas Dungan, available in September 2010. The biography, entitled Gallatin: America’s Swiss Founding Father and published by New York University Press, will offer the opportunity to rediscover Gallatin’s remarkable life and service to America and will include a nationwide book tour.