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09 Oct 2019

Who are the personalities we find in dollar bills?


Recently in Credit Boost, we shared with you information about Euro Banknotes. In today’s post, we are going to tell you something similar, but with respect to the dollar bills. You are going to learn who are the faces in each bill, and some of the history behind these men.

Actually, let us begin the post with this: all the depicted personalities are male. Find more interesting pieces of information below!

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Discover who are the faces behind American dollar bills! (Source: Pixabay)

The male individuals depicted in dollar bills: Who are they?

Below you will find the names and some biographical information. Be aware that only 5 of the 7 men we are going to talk about were presidents of the United States. Two of them though are known as founding fathers, and we explain what this is supposed to mean.

The Founding Fathers of the United States were a group of American leaders who united the Thirteen Colonies. Besides, they led the war for independence from Great Britain and built a frame of government for the new United States of America. Shortly, they were responsible for the creation of what we know as the United States today.  Only two of them are depicted in American dollar bills.


$1 Bill – George Washington

Washington is the first president of the United States. The $1 bill dates back to 1862, but​ it didn’t have Washington on it. Instead, it was Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase whose face appeared on the bill. Washington’s face first appeared in 1869.

$2 Bill – Thomas Jefferson


President Thomas Jefferson’s face is used on the front of the $2 bill but it was the nation’s first Treasury secretary, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, that first appeared on the bill. The president’s face was swapped only in ​1869, as Washington’s.

$5 Bill – Abraham Lincoln

The bill depicting president Lincoln’s face dates back to 1914. Differently from what we see for Washington and Jefferson, it has always featured the 16th president of the United States.

$20 Bill – Andrew Jackson

President Andrew Jackson’s face did not appear in the $20 bill at first. Instead, it depicted President Grover Cleveland. Jackson’s face was swapped in 1929, and Cleveland’s face moved to the $1,000 dollar bill.

$50 Bill – Ulysses S. Grant

President Ulysses S. Grant’s face appeared on the $50 bill since the denomination was first issued in 1914.

Founding Fathers

$10 Bill – Alexander Hamilton

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s face is on the $10 bill.

A curious fact: According to ThoughtCo.The printing of the $10 bill and larger denominations followed the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which created the nation’s central bank and authorized the circulation of Federal Reserve Bank Notes as a form of currency in the early 20th century. The Fed’s board of governors later issued new notes called Federal Reserve notes, our form of paper currency.

$100 Bill – Benjamin Franklin

A lot of people make a mess by thinking that Benjamin Franklin was a president. However, he was a Founding Father and also an inventor. Among his most famous inventions are the bifocals, the swim fins, and the urinary catheter.

Did you know all this information about the faces in American dollar bills?