Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans favored keeping government small. In 1802, the first year of Jefferson’s presidency, how big was the government.
In 1802, the federal government had 10,000 employees, including 6,500 in the military. Fewer than 300 worked in Washington D.C. The president and the Supreme Court each had one clerk. The Congress had 13.
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