George Washington was, indeed, a Federalist. But there were two types
of Federalists, one more conservative than the other.
The first type wanted a stronger Federal Government; they never
established their own political party, they were a kind of offshoot
from the main Federalist party.
However, Washington was the second type of Federalist, who believed in
supporting industry, making tariffs small, offering incentives to
encourage domestic business and economic growth, and the creation of a
strong military, among other things. (?United States Federalist
Party:? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Federalist_Party )
Certainly, some issues have changed over the years, but essentially
the Federalists were conservative by modern standards, and therefore
closer to the modern Republcan party than the modern Democrat party.
Federalist ?George Washington?