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Kansas Counties - January 18, 2013

Q: The $100 bill is the largest U.S. denomination still in circulation, but at one time, our government printed much larger banknotes, including a $10,000 bill. Which Kansas county is named after the man who appeared on the $10,000 bill?

Chase County's namesake - Salmon P. Chase - on the $10,000 bill. (Photo via Wikimedia)

A: Chase County (named after Salmon P. Chase, a former U.S. Treasury Secretary)

Salmon-P.-Chase-KHS Map of_Kansas-Chase-County

Chase County, Kan., is named after Salmon P. Chase, an American politician and jurist who had a long and successful career. Chase served as governor of Ohio and as a U.S. Senator from the Buckeye State. He also served as U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Lincoln and as the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Republican politician helped introduce the modern system of American banknotes. He was honored for this by having his image depicted on the $10,000 bill, which was printed from 1928 to 1946. Chase was also instrumental in placing the phrase "In God We Trust" on United States coins. Chase’s image actually appeared on a variety of early American banknotes, including the one dollar bill.

KansasMemoryFun Factoid: Chase National Bank (later Chase Manhattan Bank), which is now JPMorgan Chase, was named in his honor, though he had no financial affiliation with it.


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