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Albert Gallatin: America’s Swiss Founding Father

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Statue of Albert Gallatin

Statue of Albert Gallatin in front of the north side of the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C. - Image via Wikipedia

via ThinkSwiss.org

The Embassy of Switzerland invites you to commemorate the upcoming 250th anniversary of the birth of Albert Gallatin, the most prominent Swiss-American in U.S. history.

Albert Gallatin, born in January 1761 and raised in Geneva, immigrated to the United States and became a U.S. Senator, a Congressman, the longest-serving U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. 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 250th birthday year, the Swiss Confederation has launched the Gallatin250 Project, including the Gallatin250 Roundtables. The Gallatin250 Roundtables will be organized as a series of events throughout the U.S. to address the topic of public debt and fiscal responsibility.

The story of Albert Gallatin provides an excellent example of how Swiss and American politics and economics have nourished each other for centuries through the exchange of ideas and people. Moreover, Albert Gallatin’s legacy provides some valuable lessons which remain relevant in the present time.
The Gallatin250 Project will also introduce a new biography of Gallatin by Nicholas Dungan available in September 2010.

The launch of the biography, titled 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 be followed by a nationwide book tour.

Written by M:)

August 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm

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