How large was the first national debt in the U.S.?

When Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton restructured the government’s miscellaneous debts into more or less their current form in 1791, the national debt was $75 million, or about $18 per person, given the population at that time.

In 191, it was nearly 50,000 times larger.

The national debt in 1991 was $3.7 trillion, or about $14,500 per person, given the current population.

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