Having lobbied for the retention of Alexander Hamilton’s image on the $10 bill, Hamilton College is pleased with today’s announcement by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. The College, which is named for the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury who also served as its first trustee, also supports Secretary Lew’s intent to add illustrious women in U.S. history on the $10 bill and to honor Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. We agree that it is time to correct the indefensible oversight of women on U.S. currency.
Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave owner, on the $20 bill. Tubman moved to Auburn, N.Y., in 1857 where she lived until her death in 1913.