Born in Jamaica, Dallas studied law in England; he came to America in 1783 and established his law practice in Philadelphia. As secretary of the treasury (1814-16, also acting secretary of war in 1815-16), he took charge of the finances of the nation, which were in a ruinous state as a result of the War of 1812. This portrait dates from the first decade of Peale's career and was probably painted in Philadelphia where both subject and artist lived.
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