During the war ... Washington thought his way to federalism, long before a Federalist Party existed. He believed in a strong central government, supreme over the states; a strong financial system on the British model, with taxes to fund its debt; a flourishing commerce to create prosperity (and to train seamen for a powerful navy, which would in turn protect shipping); and a strong military. And most officers came out of the experience of the Revolution with the same views.
Boston merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts governor; 1737—93.
Merchant, planter, slave trader, president of Continental Congress; 1724—92.
New York merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1716—78.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, “Financier of the Revolution”; 1734—1806.
The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735 - 1817 (2014)