When Donald Trump wrote an essay about the history of Georgia’s Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, he made a bold claim about how Georgia’s George Mason University used to be the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.
The University of Georgia, he wrote, used to hold the founding of the university in the year of the birth of its founder, Alexander Hamilton, in 1796.
The university has never been known to exist.
The Georgia state government, however, still has an official history of using the name of a historical figure.
It’s the University of Virginia, the school Trump is suing for the right to use the name.
In an official state history, the university’s president, Heather Mizeur, told students that the name was used by Georgia State University in the early 1800s to honor a student who wrote in a journal for a local newspaper.
The name is also used on a building in downtown Charlottesville, the George Mason Museum, which opened in 1866.
But Trump is using the wrong university, says Anne Ritchie, a professor at the University at Buffalo Law School who specializes in the state’s academic institutions.
He should be using the Georgia State university, she says.
Ritchie is one of the attorneys challenging Trump’s request to remove the name from the Georgia state university.
The suit is part of a broader legal challenge to Trump’s presidential campaign.
The Trump campaign has previously claimed that the president plagiarized from the work of a former U.S. Senator who used the name “Betsy McCaughey.”
In his court filing, Trump cites McCaugherty as his source.
He also cites an essay from her published in a newspaper in 1876.
Roper says the name has been in use since 1871 by the Georgia Southern University.
She says the university is in Georgia, which is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Charlottesville.
She also says the school’s president has denied using the term on any documents.
In a statement, the president’s campaign says: The university is a member of the Georgia-South Carolina Conference of Universities.
The school was founded in 1872 by Thomas Jefferson, who served as president from 1837 to 1852.
In 1883, Georgia Southern became the first Southern university in its region to offer degrees in architecture and engineering.
The presidents chairmanship of the college’s board of trustees is currently held by Dr. George F. Mason, the institution’s namesake, who was born in 1816.
Trump’s attorneys say the school should have known about the “Hamilton” history, and should have been aware of the University’s history of having its namesake named on a university building.
But the suit does not address that aspect of Trump’s claim, Ritchie says.
“I’m not sure if they knew, or if they just assumed they knew,” she says of the Trump campaign.
“What was the point of making that claim?
I think it was a cheap shot to try and paint George Mason as some kind of racist institution.”