The First U.S. Bank

07 Jan

First U.S. Bank in Washington Dc ~ United State Capitol ~ Historic Building

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” called the First U.S. Bank from the U.S. Census Bureau:

First U.S. Bank

Profile AmericaSaturday, January 7th. During the Revolutionary War, the rebelling colonies and the Continental Congress were anything but too big to fail. To the contrary, finances were very spotty and precarious. To help put affairs in order and make credit available, the first commercial bank in the U.S. opened on this date in 1782, just a week after being chartered by Congress. Called the Bank of North America, it was capitalized at $400,000, which roughly would be over $7.5 billion today. The names of founding stockholders read like a list of our Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, John Jay, and John Paul Jones. Today there are over 93,000 commercial banking establishments in the U.S., employing nearly 1.6 million people. You can find current data on the country’s economy by downloading the ‘America’s Economy’ mobile application at

Anniversary/accessed 10/28/2016:
Bank of North America/accessed 10/28/2016:
1782-2016 inflation calculator/accessed 10/28/2016:
Commercial banks and employment/County Business Patterns/NAICS 52211:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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