Should George Washington have named Mount Vernon after himself? | The Tylt
Should George Washington have named Mount Vernon after himself?
Trump took an extensive private tour of the estate, during which he was reportedly uninterested in most of the history of Mount Vernon. According to Politico though, the master of the "Art of the Deal" had a few hot takes for Washington.
“If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Trump said, according to three sources briefed on the exchange. “You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.”
...If Trump was impressed with Washington’s real estate instincts, he was less taken by Mount Vernon itself, which the first president personally expanded from a modest one-and-a-half story home into an 11,000-square-foot mansion. The rooms, Trump said, were too small, the staircases too narrow, and he even spotted some unevenness in the floorboards, according to four sources briefed on his comments. He could have built the place better, he said, and for less money.
The Washington Post–and who really knows who that's named for—pointed out that Mount Vernon was named by Washington's beloved older half-brother Lawrence Washington after his former commanding officer, Admiral Edward Vernon. After inheriting the estate, George Washington kept the name, presumably because he was not super concerned about people remembering him.
On the subject of whether anyone remembers George Washington, The Washington Post, which is based in the capital city of Washington (not Washington state) near George Washington University, would refer readers to the fact that Washington has come in first or second nearly every “best presidents” poll conducted, including the most recent one, in 2018, by Siena College Research Institute. Trump, in case you’re wondering, came in 42nd out of 45 commander in chiefs.
...So why didn’t George Washington ever change the name?
It’s unclear, but it’s probably a reflection of the reverence Washington had for his older brother throughout his life. A portrait of Lawrence still hangs in Washington’s study in Mount Vernon to this day, which Trump might have noticed had he not been “disinterested” in the private tour.