Why isn't Washington D.C. in Washington State?

The State of Washington was not yet explored and was not a "State" in George Washington's lifetime and when the government was established. When the western territory opened, the area known as The State of Washington adopted the name "Washington" as its State name in honor of George Washington. Many towns, cities, and townships across our nation honored George Washington by using "Washington" as the place name.

It is important to note, at first the Nation's Capital was in New York. The government was re-settled to an area in Virginia. To set it off from ALL States, our nation's capital city is known as Washington, D.C. It is a district set apart in it's land area, name, and its purpose. The White House is the people's House, but is where the President performs his duties.