What is Washington?

Washington is a state in the northwestern continental US, which became the 42nd state in 1889. Washington, DC is the capital city of the US, located in the District of Columbia adjacent to the states of Maryland, Virginia, and , on the north shore of the Potomac River. It's construction was formally begun on July 16, 1790. Washington is a proper surname; notably the most famous person of the name is George Washington (1732-1799), the first President of the United States, in whose honor the place names above were named.