History Major Jason Mahar to Present at Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference
Jason Mahar, a senior majoring in history at St. Bonaventure University, will present at the 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Northeast Regional Conference. The conference will be held at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Sunday, April 20, 2013. The title of Jason's paper is "Albert Gallatin: A Visionary Clouded by Debt." Although Gallatin was the fourth Secretary of the Treasury who served under Jefferson and Madison, he has not received much attention by historians. To date, there is only a handful of biographies and one critique of his financial system. In his paper, Jason looks at Gallatin's tenure as Secretary of the Treasury, focusing on the flaws in his system of finance and his greater dreams for an interconnected America. Jason's research demonstrates how Gallatin's excessive focus on debt prevented his dreams from becoming reality during his time.