Facts in Five

Jefferson’s Presidency by the numbers

  • National debt in 1801- $112 million 
  • Percentage of budget Jefferson designated to pay the debt- 78%
  • The population of the US in 1801 was 5, 305, 982  – 893, 605 were slaves
  • The United States paid $15 million for the Louisiana territory in 1803-  Equivalent to $233 million today
  • The Federal budget in 1803 was $8.2 million before the Louisiana Purchase
  • Jefferson was prepared to pay $10 million for New Orleans alone, the extra 828,000 square miles were a bargain at just under 3 cents per acre

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