Albert Gallatin papers, 1802-1815
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Brief Description:

A letter from Albert Gallatin dated Paris 27 March 1815 to an unknown person concerming the authorization of Mr. Todd to draw money from the recipient's banks account.  Requests an order be sent to Dover for himself & his baggage to prevent interaction & search.

  The second item is a printed circular signed by Albert Gallatin of the Treasury Dept., dated 27 Aug 1802 which was attached to acopy of the regulations concerning the Mississipi trade.

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Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
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Record Series Number: 00/2009-39-0
Created by: Gallatin, Albert (1761-1849)
Volume: 2.0 Items
Acquired: 11/02/2009.
Biographical Note for Gallatin, Albert (1761-1849) :

Born to an aristocratic Swiss family, Albert Gallatin (1761-1849) emigrated from Switzerland to America in 1780. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1795 and serving until 1801, Gallatin fought constantly with the independent minded first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. He was responsible for the law of 1801 requiring an annual report by the Secretary of the Treasury, and he submitted the first one later that year as Secretary. He also helped create the powerful House Ways and Means Committee to assure Treasury's accountability to Congress by reviewing the Department's annual report concerning revenues, debts, loans, and expenditures. Appointed Secretary of the Treasury in 1801 by President Jefferson and continuing under President James Madison until 1814, Gallatin was in office nearly thirteen years, the longest term of any Secretary in the Department's history.

As Secretary, he followed a Hamiltonian course, establishing the independence of the Secretary of the Treasury and institutionalizing the Department structures. Gallatin considerably reduced the federal debt by setting aside revenue for that purpose, and he revived internal taxes to pay for the War of 1812 but they were not sufficient. Having failed to convince Congress to recharter the First Bank of the United States in 1811, and foreseeing financial disaster, he resigned in 1814. That year Gallatin went to Russia to represent the United States in the peace conference with England and France settling hostilities. The outcome of the conference was the Treaty of Ghent signed in 1814.

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Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Unknown.  Found in collection.
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PreferredCitation: Albert Gallatin papers, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759