Out of all the Founding Fathers, the figure of Fisher Ames looms large within New England’s past. Typically dismissed as an arch-Federalist, he has been unfairly neglected within the early Republic’s historiography. Winfred E.A. Bernhard’s sympathetic biography is now fifty years old and no subsequent analytical treatment exists of this fascinating statesman.
Jonathan Paquette currently studies Modern British political and intellectual history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.