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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 19

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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FIRST U.S. BANK ROBBERY

Profile AmericaWednesday, March 19th. Banks had operated in America for about a half century before someone tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal. On this date in 1831, Edward Smith committed the first bank robbery in the U.S. — hitting the City Bank on New York's Wall Street. He entered the bank after it closed, using a duplicate set of keys, and got away with $245,000 — a huge sum at the time. But he was caught, convicted and spent five years in New York's Sing-Sing Prison. Now, across the nation, there are over 91,000 commercial banking establishments. As one 20th century bank robber supposedly noted, that's where the money is — bank deposits total over $8 trillion. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources: http://216.255.77.73/2013-03-19_first-us-bank-robbery  
http://www.fdic.gov/bank/analytical/quarterly/2011_vol5_4/sod.html  
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_52A1&prodType=table NAICS 522110

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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