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Chris Achard

Interesting! Is that 10 year time (the previous sorting time) the reason that the census was only done every 10 years? (because it took that long just to sort the data?) I agree with Ben: 🤯

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Hm, I think the census is every 10 years because of Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution. I didn't even know that it was right in the Constitution until today...TIL!

I do think it's cool that Hollerith made it much easier to accomplish that task, though. I can only imagine the horror of trying to do the census with today's population if it hadn't been automated 😳

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Chris Achard

Huh, TIL about the census being in the Constitution too :) thanks!