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Trading Cards: The Accountants Set
Top 100 firm WithumSmith+Brown’s partner, Edward Mendlowitz, came up with the idea to highlight accountants on trading cards, just like the ones you swapped out and played with as a kid. They teamed up with The Topps Company, Inc. to create a series of accounting trading cards commemorating accountants from the past.
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Father of Accounting
In 1494, Luca de Pacioli became the Father of Accounting when he wrote Summa de Arithmetica. You can now put a name and a face to the accountant who placed debits on the left and credits on the right.
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Benjamin Franklin
Not only was he one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin also had his hand in accounting.
Charles Waldo Haskins, co-founder of the NYSSCPA
1st CPA Leader in the U.S.
Charles Waldo Haskins was one of the co-founders of the NYSSCPA and he was a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame at Ohio State University.
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Biblical Auditor
Ithamar, the son of Aaron, was asked to conduct an audit when the Israelites built a tabernacle after fleeing from Egypt.
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The Controller
Geoffrey Chaucer was the controller of customs in London from 1374 to 1386 and later became a member of the British Parliament, in addition to writing The Canterbury Tales.
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JD Rockefeller
Known as the Richest Man in the World, John D. Rockefeller started out as an assistant bookkeeper before striking it rich in oil.
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American CPA Pioneer
Robert Montgomery, founder of Lybrand, Ross Brothers & Montgomery, now PwC, became a CPA in 1899. He started to write articles about the profession in the first issue of the Journal of Accountancy in 1905.
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1st Female CPA
In 1889, Christine Ross started her career as an accountant after earning high scores on her CPA exam, but there were some obstacles she had to break through before being recognized as a CPA.
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AICPA's Founder
In 1887, James Yalden became the first president and founder of the American Association of Public Accountants. The organization changed its name to the American Institute of Accountants in 1917 and then finally settled in 1957 on what we know today as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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1st Auditor of U.S. Treasury
As the last surviving member of George Washington’s cabinet, Oliver Wolcott Jr. was tapped as the 1st auditor of the U.S. Treasury.

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