The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soon after his death in 1945, Roosevelt’s face was added to the dime. This was to honor his founding of the March of Dimes to help kids with polio.
To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones. – George Washington
There’s no question as to why George Washington is present on the dollar bill and quarter. As one of our founding fathers and the first president of the U.S., he had a huge impact on the nation. His photo was put on the dollar seven years after the bill was put into production.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. – Thomas Jefferson
The $2 bill isn’t all that common. It has been in print since 1869, however, the U.S. government discontinued them in the 90s – despite multiple campaigns to increase the bill’s popularity.
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was president during one of the most trying times in United States history. Lincoln, who has been given the credit for ending slavery, has appeared on the $5 bill since 1914.
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. – Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of the United States. Since being placed on the bill in 1928, there have been many petitions to remove Jackson from the $20. This is largely due to his polarizing political stances while he was in office. Suggestions for replacements have ranged from Harriet Tubman to Ronald Reagan.
I have never advocated war except as a means of peace. – Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant is most famous for his work as a Civil War general. He was also the 18th president of the United States and has been lucky enough to be included in the short list of presidents on money. In the past, there has been legislation to change the face of the $50 but Congress has turned it down.
That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime – to set an example – and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history. – William McKinley
If you don’t quite remember learning about McKinley economics in school, there is a good reason for it. For one, you probably don’t see the $500 bill very often. He was also assassinated in 1901 after a very short time in office.
A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. – Grover Cleveland
The $1,000 bill is so uncommon that one sold for $2.3 million in 2006 to an art collector. An oddity that makes sense for Cleveland since he served as both the 22nd and 24th president of the U.S., which make him the only president in history to serve non-consecutive terms.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money. – James Madison
James Madison is considered to be the father of the Constitution and served as the 4th president of the United States. The $5,000 bill is discontinued, however, if you were to come across one it could prove to be worth much more than $5,000.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. – Woodrow Wilson
The $100,000 bill is the largest note ever printed and displays the face of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the U.S. There was not large production of this bill. The federal government used it to transport money during the Great Depression.
5 People Who Aren’t Presidents on Money
Not every face that appears on currency is a past president though. Below are five people who aren’t presidents on money.
- Alexander Hamilton – $10 Bill: Hamilton was the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
- Benjamin Franklin – $100 Bill: The $100 bill is just the second circulating bill not featuring a president of the U.S. Franklin served an important role as a founding father of the country.
- Salmon P. Chase – $10,000 Bill: Chase was Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary. The $10K bill is the largest piece of currency to ever circulate however, only 336 bills still exist.
- Sacagawea Golden Dollar: The gold dollar features Sacagewea, the native American who accompanied Lewis & Clark across the country.
- Susan B. Anthony Dollar: Silver dollars feature Susan B. Anthony. She was a famous women’s rights leader who led the fight for the right to vote.
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