250th Birthday Celebration for Albert Gallatin at Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Contact: Kitty Seifert, 724-725-9190
POINT MARION, Pa., The National Park Service invites area residents and visitors to a Sestercentennial Birthday Celebration for Albert Gallatin Saturday, January 29 at 2 p.m. at his Fayette County home at Friendship Hill National Historic Site.
During the War of 1812, he was asked to broker a peace with Britain. His negotiation skills gained an acceptable treaty and led to diplomatic appointment in France and England. He remained active after retiring from the government. In 1831, at age seventy, he was named president of the new National Bank of New York. He served on the council to establish New York University that same year. His lifelong interest in American Indian language led to several books on the subject and the founding of the American Ethnological Society. In all Gallatin will serve this country for nearly fifty years in public service. Gallatin died in 1849 at age eighty-eight, but his legacy lives on.
This celebration is the kickoff to a year of special acknowledgment of Gallatin’s contributions to making our fledgling nation stronger. Joining us in this effort are the members of the Friendship Hill Association, and park volunteers. Please come join in our celebration.
Friendship Hill National Historic Site is located on Rt. 166 between Point Marion, PA and New Geneva, PA. For further information contact the National Park Service at 724-725-9190 or visit Friendship Hill National Historic Site on the web at www.nps.gov/frhi.
Did You Know?
Albert Gallatin was Secretary of Treasury from 1801 until 1814. He was offered the post again by President Madison in 1816. He declined because he thought the job required "an active young man." He felt this even more strongly in 1843, when at age 83, he was offered the post by President Tyler. More...