North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry has proposed the United States replace Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill with the image of Ronald Reagan, who was president from 1981 to 1989.
While it may be like moving mountains to replace the long-standing $50 bill portrait of Grant, it won’t be an impossible task — many have been calling for Reagan to appear on our money ever since he died in 2004.
However, Grant has his supporters, too. Grant was a great war general who helped the Union win the Civil War in 1865; he became president in 1869 and was in the White House until 1877.
Will we be seeing Reagan’s face on the $50 bill anytime soon? Who knows, but be sure to stay tuned to what happens with the President Ronald Reagan $50 Bill Act.
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