The district is only partly named for the first president
In 1791, George Washington chose 100 square miles of land, formerly of Maryland and Virginia, to be the final site for our nation’s capital. This entire district was named Columbia—a patriotic nickname for America that honored Christopher Columbus—and the new federal city added to the territory was called Washington, for good ol’ George. Georgetown and Alexandria were also cities included in the district.
George Washington never lived there
Turns out there are many George Washington facts you never learned in school. John Adams was the first president to live in Washington, D.C. Washington died before the White House was finished, though he did lay its cornerstone on October 13, 1792.