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CBP Celebrates 230th Anniversary of U.S. Customs Service

By U.S. Customs and Border Protection 2019-08-08 19:08:18

In the summer of 1789, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln faced a delicate situation. He had just begun a term as the new federal customs collector in Boston – the first of 62 new federal customs collectors in the country. Lincoln and his colleagues were appointed after Congress passed a measure that established customs districts and personnel – the forerunner of the first agency of the United States, the Customs Service, which would...

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