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Historical Debt Outstanding - Annual 1900 - 1949

The first fiscal year for the U.S. Government started Jan. 1, 1789. Congress changed the beginning of the fiscal year from Jan. 1 to Jul. 1 in 1842, and finally from Jul. 1 to Oct. 1 in 1977 where it remains today.

To find more historical information, visit The Public Debt Historical Information archives.

Date Dollar Amount
06/30/1949 252,770,359,860.33
06/30/1948 252,292,246,512.99
06/30/1947 258,286,383,108.67
06/28/1946 269,422,099,173.26
06/30/1945 258,682,187,409.93
06/30/1944 201,003,387,221.13
06/30/1943 136,696,090,329.90
06/30/1942  72,422,445,116.22
06/30/1941  48,961,443,535.71
06/29/1940  42,967,531,037.68
06/30/1939  40,439,532,411.11
06/30/1938  37,164,740,315.45
06/30/1937  36,424,613,732.29
06/30/1936  33,778,543,493.73
06/29/1935  28,700,892,624.53
06/30/1934  27,053,141,414.48
06/30/1933  22,538,672,560.15
06/30/1932  19,487,002,444.13
06/30/1931  16,801,281,491.71
06/30/1930  16,185,309,831.43
06/29/1929  16,931,088,484.10
06/30/1928  17,604,293,201.43
06/30/1927  18,511,906,931.85
06/30/1926  19,643,216,315.19
06/30/1925  20,516,193,887.90
06/30/1924  21,250,812,989.49
06/30/1923  22,349,707,365.36
06/30/1922  22,963,381,708.31
06/30/1921  23,977,450,552.54
07/01/1920  25,952,456,406.16
07/01/1919  27,390,970,113.12
07/01/1918  14,592,161,414.00
07/01/1917   5,717,770,279.52
07/01/1916   3,609,244,262.16
07/01/1915   3,058,136,873.16
07/01/1914   2,912,499,269.16
07/01/1913   2,916,204,913.66
07/01/1912   2,868,373,874.16
07/01/1911   2,765,600,606.69
07/01/1910   2,652,665,838.04
07/01/1909   2,639,546,241.04
07/01/1908   2,626,806,271.54
07/01/1907   2,457,188,061.54
07/01/1906   2,337,161,839.04
07/01/1905   2,274,615,063.84
07/01/1904   2,264,003,585.14
07/01/1903   2,202,464,781.89
07/01/1902   2,158,610,445.89
07/01/1901   2,143,326,933.89
07/01/1900   2,136,961,091.67