On this day in 1791, Washington D.C. was named after president George Washington by the city’s federal commissioners
September 9, 2025
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On this day in 1791, Washington, D.C., was named after President George Washington by the city’s federal commissioners. The president himself chose the site of the future city, settling on 100 square miles of land on the banks of the Potomac River ceded from Virginia and Maryland.
Did you know? Though the city was named after Washington, he never lived there. The first president to live in Washington was John Adams, who moved into the White House in 1800 before it was fully completed.
Washington, D.C. and the White House, 1827