Ronald Reagan on a $50 bill?

March 2, 2010

A bill is being introduced in Congress calling for Ronald Reagan’s likeness to be placed on all $50 bills, an honor currently occupied by Ulysses S. Grant. [Los Angeles Times]

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.) believes that the 40th President, and former California governor, deserves to be part of U.S. currency. “Like President Roosevelt on the dime and President Kennedy on the half dollar, President Reagan deserves a place of honor on our nation’s currency,” McHenry said.

A 2005 attempt to put Reagan on the $50 bill never made it out of the House Financial Services Committee, even though Republicans controlled the committee at the time.

Grant still has his supporters, who point to the military general’s undisputed success during the Civil War.

The debate comes amid a flurry of attempts to honor Reagan as the nation approaches the centennial of his birth in 2011.



  1. ososkid says:

    And the myth marches on.

    (-3) 11 Total Votes - 4 up - 7 down
  2. calvertworthington says:

    Better yet, the two-dollar bill.

    (0) 6 Total Votes - 3 up - 3 down
  3. donny says:

    Did I miss something? I though the Confederate States of America lost the Civil War?

    I know that North Carolina lacks quality public schools but maybe someone should point out the accomplishments of Ulysses S. Grant in comparison to Ronald Regan. I could see replacing Jackson on the twenty but to replace U S Grant?

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  4. Jed says:

    Why stop there? Let’s rename the country, “The United States of Ronald Reagan.” The USRR…

    (7) 13 Total Votes - 10 up - 3 down
  5. R.Hodin says:

    Why not? The thing ought to be worth about 25 cents in a couple of years.

    (6) 22 Total Votes - 14 up - 8 down

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