Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Genius of Finance
Senator and Representative
Commissioner for the Treaty of Ghent
Minister to France and Great Britain
Champion of Democracy
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812.
Location. 38° 53.905′ N, 77° 2.058′ W. Marker is in Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and 15th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. In the Treasury Department courtyard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United States Department of the Treasury (a few steps from this marker); A Fortress of Finance: The US Treasury Building (a few steps from this marker); Webster-Ashburton Treaty (within shouting distance of this marker); The Inaugural Parade TraditionDowntown Washington, 1801 (within shouting distance of this marker); The White House (within shouting distance of this marker); Melvin Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); Ballington and Maud Booth (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
More about this marker. “The memorial was authorized by Congress on January 11, 1927 and responsibility for the installation of the memorial was placed with the Albert Gallatin Memorial Fund Commission. By 1934 enough funds had been raised, but the memorial was delayed by the U.S. Fine Arts Commission’s approval of a suitable model. By the time the model was ready to be cast, World War II had created a ban on the non-war use of bronze. Before installation in the north courtyard of the Treasury, a fountain had to be removed. Finally the sculpture was installed and dedicated on October 15, 1947.” —Smithonian Institution Research Information System.
Regarding Albert Gallatin. The Treaty of Ghent was the “Treaty of Peace and Amity between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America” which concluded the War of 1812.
Albert Gallatin is also known as the Father of the National Road, “the road that built the nation.” He advised George Washington on possible routes and later, while Thomas Jefferson’s Treasury Secretary, he formulated the plan to fund the project. Started in 1811, it became the first federally funded highway. The National Road ran from Maryland through Pennsylvania to Wheeling, West Virginia, and then through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. There are a great number of markers on the National Road in this database.
Also see . . .
1. Albert Gallatin. (Submitted on August 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Treaty of Ghent. (Submitted on August 19, 2007.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,912 times since then and 68 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week September 2, 2012. Photos: 1. submitted on August 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 1, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.