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Albert Gallatin (1761–1849)

Object Name: Relief
Date: ca. 1815
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Medium: Red wax with black glass
Dimensions: Overall: 3 x 2 x 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm )
Description: Bas-relief portrait.
Credit Line: Gift of the Gallatin family
Object Number: 1880.3
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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.