Selected Writings of Albert Gallatin Author:E. James Ferguson (Editor) Published in The American Heritage Series, under general editorship of Leonard W. Levy and Alfred Young. — LOC 66-23962. — As Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin (1761-1849) served as brilliantly Under President Thomas Jefferson as Alexander Hamilton served under President George Washington. From 1801 to 1813, Gallatin was not only the most... more » influential Secretary after Hamilton, but a major shaper of public policy as a whole under Presidents Jefferson and Madison. As a diplomat of the first order, his talents in negotiating the Treaty of Ghent that ended the War of 1812 were recognized by no less a statesman than John Quincy Adams. His career, moreover, spanned two political generations. In the Jacksonian era he emerged from private life as a banker to voice the views of important segments of northern opinion on the central economic questions of the day: "the bank war", currency, and the tariff. At 85, he ended his public career writing lucid political tracts denouncing President James Polk's belligerent diplomacy on the Oregon question and the wanton expansion of the War with Mexico.
His brilliant intellectual endowments allowed Gallatin to express himself in clearly reasoned prose whether it was his speeches to Congress during the 1790's, public papers written as Secretary, private letters, or political pamphlets. He therefore left a body of writing that enables students of American history to examine the thought of a relatively unappreciated thinker and mover of the young republic.« less