Brackenridge and Gallatin

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BRACKENRIDGE. Hugh H. Brackenridge was the bard of the Whiskey Rebellion. A Scottish-born theology graduate of Princeton, he moved to Pittsburgh in 1781 and became an attorney and author--his Modern Chivalry maybe the first literary work of the American West. He helped start the Pittsburgh Gazette, the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies. Like Gallatin, he sided with the rebels, but helped to cool the fires. When Washington's troops arrived in western Pennsylvania, Brackenridge quickly set out to prove that he did not back the rebels by writing the book Incidents of the Insurrection in the Western Parts of Pennsylvania which was published in 1795.

GALLATIN. Gallatin, a Swiss aristocrat, was enamored of Rousseau's writings and left Europe to join the American Revolution. An vocal critic of Hamilton, he became a leader of the rebels, but his stand against bloodshed kept the rebellion from erupting into open war. Later, he became the Republican Party's financial wizard and he replaced Hamilton as treasury secretary when Jefferson became president.

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