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GPO kicks off 150th anniversary celebration

Jun 23, 2010 12:00 AM

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The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is 150 years old. GPO was created when President James Buchanan signed Joint Resolution 25 on June 23, 1860. GPO opened its doors for business nine months later on March 4, 1861, the same day Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office becoming the 16th President of the United States.

GPO honored current and retired employees, at the anniversary event. Public Printer Bob Tapella and archivist David Ferriero unveiled a facsimile of the seven-page handwritten document that created the agency.

“When you think about GPO’s rich history and what has made GPO successful for the past 150 years, it’s our hardworking employees,” says Tapella. “GPO is a family business. We have families who have contributed to this agency that span three and four generations. It’s that dedication which has made GPO one of the largest printing, secure credentialing and digital information facilities in the world.”