Albert Gallaton (1761-1849) was born into an aristocratic Swiss family in Geneva. In 1780, he emigrated to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania, where he launched his political career. In 1794, he was elected to the first of three terms in the House of Representatives, where he founded the Committee on Ways and Means. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson appointed his Secretary of the Treasury. He served as ambassador to France from 1816 to 1823, and to Britain, 1826 to 1827.
the sitter, New York (ca. 1803–d. 1849); his daughter, Mrs. Byam Kerby (Frances) Stevens; her nephew's wife, Mrs. Albert Gallatin; Mrs. Stevens's son, Frederic W. Stevens, New York (until 1908)