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In Washington, government figures state that the U.S. national debt is approaching three billion dollars

Legislative Iconic image, U.S. Capitol, 2008

Government figures gave the exact amount of the nation's public debt at $2,783,425,879.21.  The United States Treasury held exactly $132,887,549.11 cash in hand. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Finances of the United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 291.