Who Was the Leader of the Federalist Party?

Leaders of the Federalist Party included John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Rufus King, John Marshall, Timothy Pickering and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. The Federalist Party was established during George Washington's administration, and although he never publicly identified with it, he shared many of its aims and ideologies.

Washington is commonly remembered as the Federalist Party's leading historical figure, despite never having led it. The Federalist Party emphasized national unity and centralized government over increasing the powers of individual states. It started out rather loosely, but became more organized and publicly acknowledged from 1795, 6 years after the inauguration of Washington in 1789.