'In God We Trust' Placed on American Currency – July 11, 1955
This week marks the anniversary of the decision by the federal government to insert the national motto "In God We Trust" onto United States currency.
On July 11, 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed H.R. 619 into law, making the motto appear on all paper and coin currency.
While the motto had occasionally appeared on American currency before 1955, President Eisenhower's signature made sure the motto remained on the money to the present day.
U.S. Representative Charles E. Bennett of Florida, the man who introduced the legislation, said on the House floor that the motto signified the inherent spiritual nature of the nation.
"Nothing can be more certain than that our country was founded in a spiritual atmosphere and with a firm trust in God," stated Bennett.
"While the sentiment of trust in God is universal and timeless, these particular four words 'In God We Trust' are indigenous to our country."