Facts about the People on Our Money

Cash exchanges hands every day, but few know the history of our nation's currency.

Who are the gentlemen staring back at you when buying your cup of morning coffee? How did they help shape our nation? Not only is this rich history interesting, but also lends itself to future trends. 

Test your American history knowledge with the fun facts below! 

George Washington

  • Appears on the one dollar bill
  • Toothaches bothered him for years
    • When he was 57, he had all his teeth pulled. From then on, he wore ivory false teeth set in a silver plate.

Thomas Jefferson

  • Appears on the two dollar bill
  • Author of the Declaration of Independence
    • In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which declared the 13 British colonies free from the rule of the King.

Abraham Lincoln

  • Appears on the five dollar bill
  • Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln Bedroom
    • When he occupied the White House, the 16th president used the current Lincoln Bedroom as his personal office. It was there that he met with Cabinet members and signed documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation.

Alexander Hamilton

  • Appears on the ten dollar bill
  • Was not a president
  • Signer of the Constitution
    • Alexander Hamilton was one of only seven foreign-born signers of the Constitution. There were 39 signers altogether.

Andrew Jackson

  • Appears on the twenty dollar bill
  • He was the target of the first attempted presidential assassination
    • As Jackson was leaving the U.S. Capitol on January 30, 1835, following a memorial service for a congressman, a deranged house painter named Richard Lawrence fired a pistol at the president from just feet away. When Lawrence's gun misfired, he pulled out a second weapon and squeezed the trigger. That pistol also misfired. An enraged Jackson charged Lawrence with his cane as the shooter was subdued. A subsequent investigation found the pistols to be in perfect working order. The odds of both guns misfiring were found to be 125,000 to 1.

Ulysses S. Grant

  • Appears on the fifty dollar bill
    • Grant couldn't stand the sight of blood
      • Although he witnessed some of the bloodiest battles in history, Grant could not stand the sight of blood. Rare steak nauseated him and he was known to cook his meat to the point of charring.

Benjamin Franklin

  • Appears on the one-hundred dollar bill
  • Was not a president
  • During experiments, Franklin was almost killed twice
    • The only reason he survived was because he didn't receive a strong enough charge. One time he was trying to help cure a paralyzed man with electric shock. The other time was a result from his attempt to kill a turkey with electrical shock.

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