Nicholas Dungan


On his book Gallatin: America’s Swiss Founding Father

Cover Interview of May 17, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Albert Gallatin embodied the heritage that the United States and Europe share.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison all suffered significant historical reverses because of their inability to resist French and British power and interests.  Only when the Treaty of Ghent put an end to the War of 1812—thanks to Gallatin’s negotiating skill—did America achieve genuine independence.”

On the second:

“Gallatin believed in government that not only refuses to burden future generations but, in fact, invests for the long-term in people and infrastructure. He sought to make the growing country a better place for its future generations.”