The Founding Fathers Found on Federal Reserve Notes


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The denominations of our Federal Reserve Notes feature portraits of men regarded as the Founding Fathers of this country. Their role in creating and developing our nation, the United States of America is only one of the many accomplishments of our Founding Fathers.

George Washington lived from 1732 to 1799 to the age of sixty seven. He is of course found on the one dollar Federal Reserve Note. He was a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses from 1774 to 1775. George Washington was Commander-in-Chief of the American Revolutionary Army for eight years from 1775 to 1783. He was President of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and of course was the first President of the United States of America for 8 years from 1789 to 1797.

Thomas Jefferson, who lived from 1743 to 1826 to the age of eighty three, is found on the two dollar Federal Reserve Note. He was a member of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1776. Thomas Jefferson was the first Secretary of State for three years from 1790 to 1793. He was an author and signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and was the third President of the United States of America for eight years from 1801 to 1809.

Alexander Hamilton lived from 1755 to 1804 for 49 years. His face appears on the ten dollar Federal Reserve Note. Alexander Hamilton served in the American Revolutionary Army from 1775 to 1781, for six years. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and a signer of the United States Constitution in 1787. Alexander Hamilton was the First Secretary of the Treasury, from 1789 to 1795, for six years.

Benjamin Franklin lived eighty four years, from 1706 to 1790. His face appears on the one hundred dollar Federal Reserve Note. Benjamin Franklin served in the Second Continental Congress for a year from 1775 to 1776. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and is known for negotiating a peace treaty with Great Britain from 1781 to 1783. Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the United States Constitution in 1787.

Not to be forgotten are the five African Americans who have had their signatures on currency. The four African American men whose signatures appeared on currency were Blanche K. Bruce, Judson W. Lyons, William T. Vernon, and James C. Napier. These men served as Registers of the Treasury. Until 1923, the two signatures that were on almost all currency were the Treasurer and the Register. That was except for Fractional Currency and Demand Notes. Before 1923, four of the 17 Registers were African American. The fifth African American whose signature appeared on currency was a woman named Azie Taylor Morton. She was the 36th Treasurer of the United States and served from September 12, 1977 to January 20, 1981 for three and a half years.

All of these people were not only important for the currency they were on, or signed, but they were important in their own right, making history and setting the precedence with which our currency is upheld to today.

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