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The Currency of Unalienable Rights

November 11, 2014

Three of the four Presidents whose faces are carved on Mount Rushmore also appear on U.S. Currency.

On the dollar bill and the quarter dollar coin we see George Washington, Father of His Country, eulogized as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”

On the five dollar bill and the penny we see Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator.

On the two dollar bill and the nickel we see Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence.

General Washington led the United States to victory in the Revolutionary War.

Lincoln served as Captain of Volunteers during the Black Hawk War and as Commander-in-Chief during the Civil War.

Jefferson did not have a military background, but he affixed his signature to the founding document of the United States.  In order to secure the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Jefferson and 55 other men agreed that they would “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.”

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