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Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as D.C., Washington, or The District, is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city, located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.
The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress, and the District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. The states of Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form the federal district, which included the pre-existing settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia, including the city of Alexandria; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District.
Washington had an estimated population of 702,455 as of July 2018, making it the 20th most populous city in the United States. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city's daytime population to more than one million during the workweek. Washington's metropolitan area, the country's sixth largest (including parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia), had a 2017 estimated population of 6.2 million residents.
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Arlington National Cemetery
Library of Congress
The Lincoln Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
United States Capitol
Washington National Cathedral
The White House, in America’s capital city of Washington D.C., is the home and office of the President of the United States. It has been the home of every president since 1800, so the first president, George Washington, did not live there. George Washington did not know what kind of house should be built for the president, so Thomas Jefferson suggested a contest. The contest was advertised in newspapers around the country, and George Washington picked a simple but classic design by an Irish man named James Hoban. The crews started building in 1792 and it took 8 years to finish. John Adams, and the first lady Abigail, moved into the house in 1800. Because the house is made of sandstone, it wasn’t white yet, but was a grey color instead.
I was shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford's Theater. I was taken across the street to Petersen House where doctors tried to save me. I would pass away that evening but my legacy of standing up for human rights would last forever.
I was the first President of the United States. My term lasted from 1789 to 1797. As the first president, it was my duty to set the standard for our nation's future leaders by not acting like a King. It was important to give authority and talk with with my cabinet leaders before making decisions that would shape our new nation.
I was the 16th President of the United States. I led the United States through the Civil War, helping to end slavery and bring a divided nation back together again.
I served Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1986 until 2020. In total, I served 17 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960's, it was an honor to endorse and see Barack Obama clinch the Democratic nomination for president and go on to become the first African-American president. In 2011, President Barak Obama would award me the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, myself and, Selma marcher, Frederick Reese accepted Congressional Gold Medals for the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.
On December 29, 2019, I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. After years of fighting for freedom, equality, and human rights, this would be my toughest fight.
John Lewis passed away on July 17, 2020 at the age of 80. He would lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda on July 27 and 28 for people to pay their respects. He was the first African-American lawmaker to be honored in the Rotunda.