WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS
Profile America — Friday, January 30th. Modern American election cycles engage campaign managers in almost all levels of political races. The man usually credited with being America's first campaign director, John James Beckley, operated decades before the advent of the news cycle and social media. He directed campaigns on behalf of the Democratic-Republicans in the late 18th century. After Thomas Jefferson won the presidency in 1800, the Library of Congress was founded. Beckley was appointed the first librarian of that world-renowned institution this week in 1802. At lower levels, states employ 466 full-time and 220 part-time librarians, while more than 270,000 staffers across the U.S. hush patrons in local public and school libraries. Profile America is in its 18th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4663
Beckley biography: www.loc.gov/about/librarianoffice/beckley.html
State librarians/ State Government Employment and Payroll Data spreadsheet: http://www.census.gov/govs/apes/
Librarians nationally: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_1YR_B24010&prodType=table
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).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau