Descendant: Keeping Hamilton on $10 bill is ‘huge win’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A descendant of Alexander Hamilton says the government’s decision to continue depicting the nation’s first Treasury secretary on the $10 bill is a “huge win” for Hamilton supporters.

Ohioan Doug Hamilton had spoken out against suggestions that his great-great-great-great-great grandfather be removed from the $10 note or have a diminished role on it to make room for honoring a woman on the bill.

Treasury officials announced Wednesday that Hamilton will keep his spot, but the back of the bill will be changed to commemorate a 1913 march featuring suffragette leaders.

Doug Hamilton says he was thrilled to hear the news while on a business trip in Dublin, Ireland. He credits writers and others who helped publicize the issue, as well as attention drawn by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton.”

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