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!
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.
George Washington – $1 Bill
Washington was the first person to become the president of the United States. The one-dollar bill exists since 1862, but Washington wasn’t on the note. Instead, Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, had his face on it. Washington’s face appeared for the first time in 1869.
Thomas Jefferson – $2 Bill
President Thomas Jefferson’s face is printed on the two-dollar bill but it was one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary, that first appeared on this bill. The president’s face was inserted only in 1869, as Washington’s.
Abraham Lincoln – $5 Bill
The bill depicting president Lincoln’s face exists since 1914. Differently from what we see for Washington and Jefferson, this bill has always shown the picture of the United States’ 16th president.
Andrew Jackson – $20 Bill
President Andrew Jackson’s face did not appear in the $20 bill at first. Instead, it depicted President Grover Cleveland. Jackson’s face was exchanged in 1929, and Cleveland’s face went to the $1,000 dollar bill.
Ulysses S. Grant – $50 Bill
President Ulysses S. Grant’s face appeared on the $50 bill since the denomination was first issued in 1914.
Alexander Hamilton – $10 Bill
Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s face is on the $10 bill.
A curious fact: According to ThoughtCo. the 1913 Federal Reserve Act is responsible for the creation of the $10 bill and other denominations. This act also created the country’s central bank, as well as allowed the distribution of Federal Reserve Bank Notes, a type of currency at the beginning of the 20th century. Later, they announced the currency we have today
Benjamin Franklin – $100 Bill
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?