The current five dollar bill features President Abraham Lincoln. His portrait has been on the obverse side of the five dollar bill since 1914.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. Born in Illinois in 1809, he is widely regarded as one of the best presidents of all time. Lincoln served as president from 1861-1865. He is best known for leading America through the Civil War. During his presidency he was able to preserve the Union and abolish slavery. Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
Early Five Dollar Bills
Abraham Lincoln was not the only person ever featured on a five dollar bill. Before Lincoln appeared on the 1914 $5 bills, other historical figures were featured on these bills.
Some of the early series feature the following historical figures: Alexander Hamilton, President Andrew Jackson, President James Garfield, President Benjamin Harrison, President Ulysses S. Grant, chief Running Antelope, and Civil War general George H. Thomas.
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