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Missed Metric Moment

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The US had inherited its weights and measures from Britain, but their flaws were well known, and influential American statesmen had been seeking to reform the US system for years. One was Thomas Jefferson, the first US secretary of state (1789–1793) and an admirer of French science and culture. In 1790 he asked Congress to adopt a decimal system of weights and measures similar to the one the French were about to adopt. In 1791

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