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1850 Census Number:   23,191,876

1850 Census Data

  • Name of each person in household
  • Personal Description
    - Age
    - Sex
    - Color
    - Birthplace
    - Married within previous year
    - Deaf, dumb, blind or insane
    - Occupation
  • Education
    - Attended school in previous year
    - Ability to read and write in English
  • Home Data
    - Value of Real Estate
  • Location
    - City/Village/Town/Borough
    - County

Sample 1850 Census Transcription

1850 Census Day:  June 1, 1850

1850 Census duration:  5 months

1850 Census Geography

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  • 31 States - New States in 1850 Census:  Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas and California
  • Territories – Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah

1850 Facts

  • 1850 Census first to record the names of every person in a household and an individual’s place of birth.  Previous efforts listed head of family only
  • President during census:  Millard Fillmore
  • Millard Fillmore is sworn into office as President following Zachary Taylor’s death on July 9, 1850
  • University of Utah was founded on February 28, 1850 making it the oldest university West of the Mississippi River
  • City of Los Angeles and San Francisco incorporated on April 4th and April 15th 1850
  • Levi Strauss makes his first pair of blue jeans on Junes 6, 1850
  • First Elevator is installed on March 23, 1857 by Elisha Ottis

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