Congressman Gallatin to Be Celebrated with Events, Exhibits
Tribune-Review, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The National Park Service invites area residents and visitors to a 250th birthday celebration for Albert Gallatin at 2 p.m. Saturday at his Fayette County home at Friendship Hill National Historic Site.
Deux Sons will provide music of the period on flute and bassoon. Cake and other refreshments will be offered by the Friendship Hill Association.
There will be a display of the winning artwork from the Albert Gallatin 250th Birthday Art Contest. The entries were submitted by fifth-graders of the Albert Gallatin Area School District. The students depicted moments in Gallatin's life and acknowledge his contributions.
Gallatin was born 250 years ago, on Jan. 29, 1761, in Geneva (now part of Switzerland). After receiving an education, he shunned the aristocratic lifestyle of Geneva and came to America in 1780. He served his adopted country as a Pennsylvania congressman, helping to draft a new state constitution. As a member of the U.S. Congress -- serving in both houses -- Gallatin's keen financial abilities tamed a debt-ridden treasury with the development of the Ways & Means committee.
President Thomas Jefferson took note of the young Gallatin and offered him a cabinet position as secretary of the Treasury. Gallatin served almost 13 years as secretary, still the longest term in that post. During his tenure, Gallatin arranged financing for the Louisiana Purchase -- doubling the area of the United States -- and Lewis & Clark's exploration. …