Netreker0 wrote:On the other hand, Andrew Jackson was a stone cold badass. The man won a duel against a superior marksman by devising the "let him shoot first and miss so I can take my time aiming strategy." Naturally, no plan survives first contact with the enemy, but Jackson still won by employing the "survive getting shot first, then shoot him to death" strategy. Then there was the time where, as President, he survived an assassination attempt and had to be pulled off the would be assassin as he tried to beat him to death with his cane. (Another badass fact, he carried a cane.) There's no scientific evidence for this assertion, but I firmly believe the assassin's guns both misfired because they were afraid of Andrew Jackson. Also, he threw raging cheese parties at the White House.
You know who else was a badass, and who is almost assuredly the greatest U.S. President never to appear on currency (other than his own $1 coin, but that doesn't really count.)? Theodore Roosevelt. I think he should be on the $20.
Look at the rankings on Wikipedia or any other sitehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historica ... ted_Stateshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mo ... ver-rated/
(which is in the wikipedia article)
I mean, you have other rankings like this onehttp://www.gallup.com/poll/146183/ameri ... ident.aspx
that show Reagan as the greatest President, and I personally like Reagan, but he didn't make the top 5 of any of the lists quoted in Wikipedia - and to be fair, there should probably be a 50-year wait before a President can be on the list, to show that his legacy isn't fleeting.
Currently, there are two non-Presidents on paper U.S. currency - Alexander Hamilton (on the $10) and Benjamin Franklin (on the $100.) While neither were President, they were both founding fathers and very important in the early history of our country. Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury and the founder of the nation's financial system, as others have pointed out, so he deserves to stay. Benjamin Franklin was just an awesome person and I won't even bother trying to sum him up here, so look him up if you have no idea.
The other non-President currently on currency is the Native American woman Sacajawea (on the non-Presidential dollar coins). (Wikipedia seems to indicate that Sacajawea dollars are still being produced; I wasn't sure. Dollar coins are not that popular in the U.S.)
Anyway, here are the aggregate greatest Presidents and what currency they are currently (semi-permanently) on:
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Rank President (order) Current currency
1 Abraham Lincoln (16th) 1¢ (penny), $5 bill
2 Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd) 10¢ (dime)
3 George Washington (1st) 25¢ (quarter), $1 bill
4 Thomas Jefferson (3rd) 5¢ (nickel), $2 bill (rarely used)
5 Theodore Roosevelt (26th) NONE
6 Harry S. Truman (33rd) NONE
7 Woodrow Wilson (28th) NONE (was on the non-circulated $100,000 bill in the 1930's!)
8 Andrew Jackson (7th) $20 bill
9 Dwight Eisenhower (34th) NONE (was on the $1 coin in the 1970's)
10 James K. Polk (11th) NONE
11 John F. Kennedy (35th) 50¢ coin (half-dollar, rarely used)
36 Ulysses S. Grant (18th) $50 bill
You have to scroll down a bit to find Grant, who of course was the Civil War hero, but not really that great of a President. I'd be fine replacing him on the $50 bill, maybe with Wilson.
Wilson would be a good choice to put (back) on a bill, as would Eisenhower. Polk was one of our most underrated Presidents, just listen to the song by They Might Be Giants. Truman is controversial (like Jackson), primarily for dropping the bombs on Japan, which many (especially younger) people today think was wrong / unnecessary.
Also note that the four Presidents chosen in the 1920's to be carved into Mount Rushmore are the top four on the list, excluding Franklin Roosevelt who hadn't been President yet. (He would most certainly have been carved there, possibly instead of his cousin, had it been made 20 years later.)
[EDITED because I stupidly completely forgot Benjamin Franklin and had Grant on the $100 bill.]
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