Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In God We Trust

Salmon Portland Chase and an 1864 two-cent piece 

On this date in our extended family history . . . the 22nd day of April . . . in the year 1864 . . . thanks to the efforts of U.S. Treasury Secretary, Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873) . . . the motto "In God We Trust" is approved for US coinage (Coinage Act of 1864). The first coin actually minted to have the "In God We Trust" motto was the 1864 two-penny piece. This Salmon P. Chase is a 4th great-grandson of Aquila Chase (1618-1670) and Anne Wheeler (1627-1687) . . . who are 6th great-grandparents of our Phoebe . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history blog.

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