On Wednesday (June 17) the U.S. Treasury announced that a woman will appear on the $10 bill — in the year 2020. The chosen one will be revealed later this year, but a descendent of Alexander Hamilton (who currently appears on the bill) isn’t happy with change.
Douglas Hamilton, 64, is willing to “do anything” to keep his relative on the bill forever, and ever. “What he did to turn America around financially after the American Revolution—we wouldn’t be the greatest nation in the world today if it weren’t for him,” he said, according to Raw Story.
Hamilton was the first U.S. Treasury Secretary. He was raised in the West Indies, attended what it now known was Columbia University, and among the Founding Fathers.
A woman hasn’t appeared on a U.S. bill since Martha Washington, in 1896. The Treasury will pick a female figure “who was a champion of our inclusive democracy.” The new money will debut on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
The treasury obviously heard the call of the people, even if they decided to start small with the $10 bill. “While it might not be the $20 bill, make no mistake: This is a historic announcement,” said New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen.