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This date in history: Naming the nation's capital

Imagine you’re a contestant on Jeopardy and you’ve just chosen the $400 question in the “Commanders in Chief” category. You listen closely as Alex Trebek reads the clue.  “This Virginian is the only U.S. president to be elected unanimously.”

Your response, should you ring in first, is to say, “Who is George Washington?”

That’s right, the original George W. was twice elected to the highest office in the land and both times received ALL of the electoral votes. That’s impressive, but it doesn’t stop there.

On this date in 1791, a little more than two years into his first term, Washington’s name was attached to the nation’s capital, then under construction. We know it now as Washington, D.C., the seat of our federal government.

Talk about having sway. As fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy might say the Father of Our Country was a pretty big deal back then, and for good reason.

Washington not only led the Continental Army to victory over the British, no small task in itself, he served as president of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He also chose to serve only two terms as U.S. president, so as not to seek unfair power as a government official.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Those words about George Washington come from a eulogy written by Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, a major general in the Continental Army, Governor of Virginia, and a close friend of the president.

So, the next time you visit our nation’s capital, think about George Washington. In fact, make it your first thought. 

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