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Foreword: Gallatin in Diplomacy, by Micheline Calmy-ReyForeword: Gallatin in Finance, by Philipp M. Hildebrand Acknowledgments Introduction: Getting to Know Gallatin1 A Son of Geneva, 1761-1780 2 American Beginnings, 1780-17933 The Senate and the House, 1793-1801 4 Jefferson's Secretary of the Treasury, 1801-1809 5 Madison's Secretary of the Treasury, 1809-1813 6 The Debut of a Diplomatist, 1813-1815 7 American Minister to France, 1816-1823 8 Searching for Stability, 1823-1829 9 The Capstones of a Career, 1830-1849 Conclusion: Gauging Gallatin's Greatness Notes A Note on Sources Bibliography Index About the Author

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A compelling biography which reinserts this forgotten Founding Father into the historical canon and reveals the transatlantic dimensions of early American history

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Nicholas Dungan is a transatlantic expert, former president of the French-American Foundation in New York, and former Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London. He is a frequent media commentator on international relations, politics, business and finance. An investment banker in his prior career, Dungan is a graduate of St. Paul's School, Stanford University, and Sciences Po Paris.


"Dungan's Book retraces in detail Gallatin's family history in Geneva as well as his subsequent career in the United States, using his private correspondence to highlight his shifting perspectives on ongoing events. Published on the 250th anniversary of Gallatin's birth, his biography is clearly designed a belated official tribute, providing a useful ground for any further scholarly research on the subject; it does moreover offer an interesting example of how modern representative regimes took shape from the constant confrontation of the different national traditions." -Biancamaria Fontana, Times Literary Supplement "In this balanced and perceptive new life of Albert Gallatin, it is a delight to find that Nicholas Dungan gives ample attention to Gallatin's later years as an intellectual and participant in the public life of New York City." - Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and Chief Executive Officer, New-York Historical Society "In this elegant biography, Dungan charts the rise of Albert Gallatin from Congress to the Treasury to the world of diplomacy. Dungan convincingly makes the case that Gallatin's crowning achievement was his central role in the delegation that negotiated the Treaty of Ghent, which brought an end to the War of 1812. Gallatin thus helped guide the United States to genuine independence and to the peace and prosperity enjoyed by the strengthening and expanding union." Charles A. Kupchan, professor of international relations at Georgetown University, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace "Many U.S. Envoys to France have had distinguished careers in public service and the private sector, but none excelled Albert Gallatin in the breadth of his experience or the scope of his contribution to the United States. Nicholas Dungan gives Gallatin's role as an outstanding diplomat its well-deserved emphasis in this fast-paced, in-depth biography of a great European-American." Walter J. P. Curley, United States Ambassador to France and to Ireland, Honorary Chairman of the French-American Foundation "Dungan (former president, French-American Fdn.) provides a valuable service by writing a short, balanced overview of the life and career of one of the most important and most neglected leaders of the early American Republic." - Library Journal "Displaying Gallatin in his public and private dimensions, Dungan ably reacquaints history readers with the official who carried out Jefferson's policies." - Booklist

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