Pierre Henri (c. 1760—1822)

by Pierre Henri (c. 1760—1822)

Watercolor on ivory; Ivory: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. (7 x 5.4 cm); Framed: 5 x 4 1/4 in.

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)