Albert Gallatin

Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Jefferson and Madison, statesman, financier, and diplomat, Albert Gallatin was instrumental in the early development of New York University and served as the first president of the University’s governing council. Gallatin believed that the mission of the new university should be to elevate standards of learning and render knowledge more accessible to the community. He proposed a school with an English-based curriculum that did not require the study of Greek and Latin.

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