George Washington and the District of Columbia

George Washington and the District of Columbia
Robert Watson
Lynn University
April 19, 2021

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. In this video 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.

In George Washington’s Final Battle, Watson brings this tale to life. 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 new 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.


Learn more about George Washington by watching Gordon Wood’s 2013 lecture, The Greatness of George Washington.