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Born: January 29, 1761

Died: August 12, 1849 (aged 88)

Nationality: Swiss

Occupation: Statesman

Bio: Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin was a Swiss-American ethnologist, linguist, politician, diplomat, congressman, and the longest-serving United States Secretary of the Treasury. In 1831, he founded the University of the City of New York. In 1896, this university was renamed New York University; it is now one of the largest private, non-profit universities in the United States.

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