Saturday, July 12, 2014

Society Saturday - Presidential Checks

The Pierce Downer Society, Children of the American Revolution met at the First National Bank in Lagrange, IL.  After our business meeting, we toured a very special collection at the bank.

The family that owns the bank has a private collection of checks that have been signed by the Presidents of the United States.  It contains original checks signed by 36 of our Presidents.

Each check is displayed, and several have interesting stories.  For example, the oldest check in the collection was written by George Washington as payment for a whiskey still at Mt. Vernon.

The check with Abraham Lincoln's signature was written to "self" for $800 monthly salary.  It was written just a month before his assassination.

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