In the 20th century, his reputation began to flourish as we began:
- to appreciate his strategic vision of placing the nation's interest over his own personal gain,
- to see his rise to the top levels of the new American Navy through dint of hard work and application,
- to acknowledge his skill as a naval architect,
- to recognize his continued self-study to better himself as an officer and commander,
- to understand his attempts to reform the Navy and
- to value his efforts to substitute merit and ability in place of nepotism and influence.
From: E. Gordon Bowen-Hassell, Dennis M. Conrad, and Mark L. Hayes Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, 2003.