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George Washington University

2121 I St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20052 USA

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“Named after the first president”

The George Washington University (GW, GWU, or George Washington) is a comprehensive private, coeducational research university located in Washington, D.C.. It awards certificates, Bachelor degrees, Masters degrees, and PhDs across several dozen disciplines. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 9, 1821 as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia. Baptist missionary and leading minister Luther Rice raised funds to purchase a site for a college to educate citizens from throughout the young nation in Washington, D.C. A large building was constructed on College Hill, which is now known as Meridian Hill, and on February 9, 1821, President James Monroe approved the congressional charter creating the non-denominational Columbian College in the District of Columbia. The first commencement in 1824 was considered an important event for the young city of Washington, D.C.. In attendance were President Monroe, John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, Marquis de Lafayette, and other dignitaries. During the Civil War, most students left to join the Confederacy and the college's buildings were used as a hospital and barracks. Walt Whitman was among many of the volunteers to work on the campus. Following the war, in 1873, Columbian College became the Columbian University and moved to an urban downtown location centered on 15th and H streets, NW. George Washington, the University's namesake In 1904, Columbian University changed its name to The George Washington University in an agreement with the George Washington Memorial Association to build a campus building in honor of the first U.S. president. Neither the university nor the association were able to raise enough money for the proposed building near the National Mall, however, the institution retained the name. Eventually the association donated the remaining funds that had been raised to the university for the development of Lisner Auditorium. The university relocated its principal operations to the D.C. neighborhood of Foggy Bottom in 1912. The George Washington University, like much of Washington, D.C., traces many of its origins back to the Freemasons. The Bible that the presidents of the university use to swear an oath on upon inauguration is the Bible of Freemason George Washington. Freemasonry symbols are prominently displayed throughout the campus including the foundation stones of many of the university buildings.

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George Washington University

2121 I St NW
Washington, District of Columbia
20052 USA
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