Which state was originally known as Columbia?
The area that makes up the State of Washington was originally known as Columbia, named after the Columbia River. Kentucky representative Richard H. Stanton found the name too similar to the District of Columbia, and proposed naming the new territory after President George Washington. The state was part of the Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as a settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. The territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Washinton in 1889. Washington is the only U.S. state named after a president.
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