- from Washington, D.C.
It seems only right that the nation’s capital is named after George Washington.
After all, he picked the exact spot along the Potomac for the new city to be built. He also chose engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant to design it. L’Enfant was a Frenchman who’d fought alongside the Americans during the Revolutionary War. His dream was to build a city “magnificent enough to grace a great nation.”