Albert Gallatin was a diplomat, politician, congressman and the longest-serving United States Secretary of the Treasury. As a trusted advisor to Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Gallatin played a key role in the planning and financing the Lewis and Clark Expedition, asserting American ownership to the Columbia River system and in negotiating agreements for the continued occupation of the Oregon territories. Later in life, he founded New York University and was president of the National Bank (later renamed Gallatin Bank).
Among his many honors are Montana’s Gallatin National Forest and Gallatin River, Gallatin Hall at Harvard Business School and a bronze statue located on the northern entrance to the United States Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.
In 1990, our company founders chose to name our firm after Albert Gallatin. They selected the name because of Gallatin's behind-the-scenes political skills, his role in developing the Pacific Northwest and his lifetime of commitment to public service and the common good.