To The Editor:
I suggest the new bridge be named for the first president of the United States, George Washington.
Before age 16, he studied the 100 rules in “The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior,” a book considered a great influence on his character development. He read the mathematical texts necessary for his career as a surveyor of the Virginia frontier. As a major in the Virginia colony’s military, he delivered a message to the French after a 900-mile journey through snowy woods and a fall in the icy Allegheny River. While a lieutenant colonel, his soldiers skirmished with the French, but were forced to surrender. Despite that, he continued to learn military skills and became commander of Virginia’s entire military force.
Washington served as commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, a job that took him from home for more than eight years. While ill-prepared to lead large formations or handle cavalry or artillery, he learned on the job with courage and determination. When his efforts led to victory over the British, he didn’t seek to run the new nation. He returned home to Mount Vernon.
From his home, he watched the Confederation Congress flail. He was called to preside over the Constitutional Convention. His support led to ratification of our Constitution. While he had hoped to retire, when the first presidential election was held, every elector voted for him. Serving two terms as president, he sought to organize the executive branch and establish administrative procedures.
The community that lies to the south of the bridge is already named Washington, in honor of the “Father of Our Country.” Those who named the community recognized his bravery, tenacity and intellect. “The Washington Bridge” has a nice ring.