July 25, 2006 // 01:10 pm // Join the Discussion (0) // Share This

In God We Trust

Fifty years ago, on July 30th, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a joint resolution from Congress declaring "In God We Trust" the official motto of the United States. But it was in 1861 that Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, first saw the need to recognize our creator by writing to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia that "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins." By subsequent acts of Congress, the phrase has been stamped on U.S. coins since 1864. However, it wasn't until 1956 that...