Think about it… ‘Why is Benjamin Franklin on the United States one hundred dollar bill?’. All the other US currencies have US Presidents on them, what makes the one hundred dollar bill so special, or should we dare ask, ‘What makes Franklin so special?’
Before you even start…
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The United States Currency
Like most currencies throughout the world, countries usually stamp the face of a former (or even current) leader or some other figure head with great significance to that country. The United States is no exception. The faces of past United States Presidents are present on their currency, with the exception of the one hundred dollar bill (the most recognized and excepted currency note in the world) it has the face of Benjamin Franklin, a non-president but still a highly valuable and respected man when it comes to their “Founding Fathers”.
Facts About George Washington & the US Currency
- George Washington’s wife, Martha Washington, is the only woman whose portrait has appeared on a U.S. currency note. It appeared on the face of the $1 Silver Certificate of 1886 and 1891, and the back of the $1 Silver Certificate of 1896.
- George Washington first appeared on a commemorative dollar, with the Marquis de Lafayette, in 1899.
- Lady Liberty adorned the face of the quarter for over 100 years before being replaced by George Washington in 1932.
- Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are the George Washington $1 notes.
And on a Side Note:
- Though it would be difficult to tell without a magnifying glass, the hands of the clock in the steeple of Independence Hall are set at approximately 4:10 on the back of the United States one hundred dollar bill.
Why Benjamin Franklin is on the United States One Hundred Dollar Bill
It’s common knowledge to most informed American citizens that Benjamin Franklin was not a United States President. However, every other common US currency has a US President on it, why the one hundred dollar bill? Why Benjamin Franklin?
It was considered that the one hundred dollar bill is the highest-value note of American currency in circulation back in 2014 and it picked up momentum right after the United States 2016 Presidential election.
The reason Benjamin Franklin appears on the United States one hundred dollar bill is quite simple really. It is to commemorate the many contributions and personal sacrifices he made to help create American history. Some of Franklin’s contributions to American history include his strategic planning, political deeds with the fledgling United States and his role in bringing the French over to the American side in the Revolutionary War.
It’s true, many of the Founding Fathers played an important & crucial role when it came to the birth of the United States. However, Franklin’s role was probably the one of most importance. With him assisting to write the Declaration of Independence it became very vital in completing the draft because it brought all of the signatories into agreement.
If the French had not come to the aid of the future United States, it’s more than likely it would have brought a different ending when it came to the Revolutionary War . Ben Franklin played a HUGE role in winning the French aid. Their support totaled tens of thousands of French currency toward the effort against England. Without the French contribution of funds & troops and training to the “underdog” colonists, those colonies might have remained under English control a little longer than they wanted.
Franklin’s innovations and inventions made him a very important figure in American history. Not only politically but his creativity and love for science made him a HUGE figure in developing the ‘American industry‘ as we know it today.
Why should President Trump be on the United States One Hundred Dollar Bill?
To commemorate him for reminding United States citizens what they stand for:
- The American Way
MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
Sure, there are American citizens who do not like their President, but the truth is, there are MORE American citizens that do. That’s how President Donald Trump won the 45th Presidential nomination. More American citizens voted for him than his opponent.
On April 7, 1866 Congress stated that only a portrait of a deceased person could appear on US currency.
With that being said, a lot of people who like President Trump do not think he should replace any of the figureheads that are currently on United States currency.
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