Frederic Edwin Church (1826—1900)

by Frederic Edwin Church (1826—1900)

Oil on canvas; 38 x 33 in, 96.52 x 83.82 cm. The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia Art Museums, Charlottesville, VA.

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.

Myron Magnet
The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735 - 1817 (2014)