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.”