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A Dashboarding Ancestor

by Steve BogdonThursday, April 8, 2010

I recently stumbled upon some information that can be consider an ancestor of the modern dashboard - check out these interesting charts from the 1870 U.S. census (the "Ninth Census").  The three visualizations offer a fascinating look at the 19th century U.S.:

Chart of the Population of each US State
Population & race/immigration data (by state)

Fiscal chart of the United States
A fiscal chart (showing revenues, expenditures and the public debt from 1789 to 1870)

Distribution of death chart
And the "distribution of deaths" and diseases (by sex, per state)

Captivating data, no doubt - but it's not surprising a lot has changed in 140 years.  Especially the public debt!

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