In what year did the United States government first become debt free?

  • 1806
  • 1835 correct

    On Jan. 8, 1835, all the big political names in Washington gathered to celebrate what President Andrew Jackson had just accomplished. A senator rose to make the big announcement: "Gentlemen ... the national debt ... is PAID." That was the one time in U.S. history when the country was debt free. It lasted exactly one year.

  • 1902
  • 1912
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