Lesson Plan

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy – Unit 1: Background

Portrait of Albert Gallatin
Portrait of Albert Gallatin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art www.metmusuem.org

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Seventh Grade
Commerce and Industry, Economics, Entrepreneurs, Government, International Relations, Pioneer America, Transportation, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812, Westward Expansion
45 – 90 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
National Standards for History: K-4 Standard 2, 3, 4; Gr 5-12 Era 3, 4. Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: II, III, V, VI, VII, X. Common Core: CCSS.ELA- RI.1, : CCSS.ELA- RI.3, CCSS.ELA- L.4


This illustrated background covers Albert Gallatin’s early years, political career, family life and home at Friendship Hill.  A timeline is also included.  Students will learn about Gallatin’s association with the Whiskey Rebellion, the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the War of 1812.  His contributions as Secretary of Treasury and later accomplishments are also covered.

This is Unit 1 of the three units in this teacher’s guide


Guiding Question: Who was Albert Gallatin? When did he live? What were his accomplishments? Where did he live? What was his family like?


Critical Content: Albert Gallatin was very influential in the Jefferson and Madison governments. His home in Pennsylvania, Friendship Hill, is now preserved as a National Historic Site.


Student objectives: Students will…

·        List the name three important federal initiatives Gallatin was involved in

·        List two members of his family

·        List two facts about Friendship Hill



"Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy" is broken into three units and is targeted for upper elementary age students. Unit 1 is background information and a timeline. Unit 2 contains five pre-visit activities on the Bill of Rights, Lewis and Clark expedition and Secretary of Treasury. The final unit has five post-visit activities.


Check out these other units

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy Unit 1: Background

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy Unit 2 Pre-visit activities

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy Unit 3 Post-visit activities 


Park Connections

This lesson relates to Friendship Hill National Historic Site, which was Gallatin's Home in Pennsylvania. The material prepares students for a visit to the park and participate in one of the on site guided programs - House Tour, The Whiskey Rebellion or Secretary of Treasury.



Albert Gallatin, Friendship Hill, Whiskey Rebellion, Secretary of the Treasury, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark Expedition, War of 1812, Marquis de Lafayette, Bill of Rights

Last updated: July 10, 2018