Ralph Izard

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Izard
Portrait by John Singleton Copley, 1775

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QUICK FACTS
BORN:
23 January 1741/42 at The Elms family estate near Charleston, South Carolina
  DIED:
30 May 1804 at The Elms

  • Buried in the churchyard of St. James Goose Creek Episcopal Church, outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

 

By 1789 many of the Federalists, particularly Hamilton, had no confidence whatsoever left in the virtue or the natural sociability of the American people as adhesive forces: to rely on such wild schemes and visionary principles, as radicals like Jefferson and Paine did, to tie the United States together, the Federalists said, was to rely on nothing. Hence Hamilton and the other Federalist leaders had to find things other than republican virtue and natural sociability to make the American people a single nation.

Tying people together, creating social cohesiveness, making a single nation out of disparate sections and communities without relying on idealistic republican adhesives — this was the preoccupation of the Federalists, and it explains much of what they did — from Washington’s proposals for building canals to Hamilton’s financial program.

Gordon S. Wood
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States (2011)