Oil on canvas. H 23, W 19 in • H 58.4, W 48.3 cm. Independence National Historical Park, Portrait Collection (Second Bank of the United States), Philadelphia, PA.
Daniel Morgan, c. 1794
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.