Publication Title

George Washington and the Creation of District of Columbia

Document Type

Webinar

Publication Date

4-23-2021

Abstract

Robert P. Watson, professor of American history at Lynn University, discusses his book on the role of George Washington in the creation of the District of Columbia. The first president is remembered for leading the Continental Army to victory, presiding over the Constitutional Convention and forging a new nation, but less well known is the story of his involvement in the establishment of a capital city and how it nearly tore the United States apart.

Washington envisioned and had a direct role in planning many aspects of the city that would house the young republic. In doing so, he created a landmark that gave the fledgling democracy credibility, united a fractious country and created a sense of American identity. Although Washington died just months before the federal government's official relocation, his vision and influence live on in the city that bears his name.

Publisher

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

City/State

Washington, DC

Department

College of Arts and Sciences

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