By Frank James
A North Carolina congressman's wants to knock the 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, off the $50 bill in favor of the 40th president, Ronald Reagan.
An excerpt from a press release on the website of Rep. Patrick McHenry whose district is northwest of Charlotte:
"Every generation needs its own heroes," said Congressman McHenry. "One decade into the 21st century, it's time to honor the last great president of the 20th and give President Reagan a place beside Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy."
President Franklin Roosevelt's likeness is on the dime and President John F. Kennedy is on the half-dollar.
"President Reagan was a modern day statesman, whose presidency transformed our nation's political and economic thinking," McHenry continued. "Through both his domestic and international policies he renewed America's self confidence, defeated the Soviets and taught us that each generation must provide opportunity for the next."
President Reagan would be replacing President Ulysses S. Grant on the bill. In polls of presidential scholars, President Reagan consistently outranks President Grant. In 2005, The Wall Street Journal conducted one such poll of bipartisan scholars which ranked President Reagan 6th and President Grant 29th.
Using McHenry's logic, he shouldn't be arguing for Reagan to be on the $50 bill but the $20 bill since that bill bears the likeness of President Andrew Jackson who, according to the same survey of scholars ranked 10th.
Maybe his focus on Grant has something to do with the 18th president being the general who defeated the South in the Civil War?