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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
06/30/1866

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.

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