Does anyone know why fifty people have come to my blog after Googling some variation on this question? I suspect it's a bunch of lazy students. If that's the case, I suggest thinking just a tiny bit before typing your question into Google. Let's see. Who could possibly have the answer. Hmm. This is very tough. I wonder if some place like the history page on the Library of Congress website would have the answer. Or you could look up Library of Congress on wikipedia, which copies most of the LC history page verbatim. The thing is, the reason it's hard to find the answer is that the question is wrong. Congress bought a 6,487-book library from an ex-president for $23,950. You can read all about it in the September/October 2007 issue of Fine Books & Collections magazine, but you have to actually get a copy. A lot of good stuff isn't free on the net.
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