Albert Gallatin, by Rembrandt Peale, from life, 1805.
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Oil on canvas of Albert Gallatin, head and shoulders.

Credit: Independence National Historical Park

When Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton took charge of the operation to quell the Whiskey Rebellion, he promised President Washington he would roundup a long list of French-inspired opposition leaders in western Pennsylvania. Hamilton was especially interested in French Swiss immigrant Albert Gallatin, his strongest critic in Congress. When he reached the Forks of the Ohio, Hamilton found there was no French connection of any significance. Gallatin would go on to become Secretary of the Treasury under President Thomas Jefferson, and live a long and productive life.

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