Back in 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act which will require the U.S. Mint to manufacture and provide a commemorative coin to honor the humorist and author.
The irony: Mark Twain absolutely hated the phrase "In God We Trust."
Although the national motto has its share of dissenters, perhaps none were more vocal than humorist Mark Twain. In fact, the "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" author once took the time to lambast the phrase during a speech in 1908.
"I think it was in 1863 that some genius suggested that it be put on the gold and silver coins which circulated among the rich," the author said. "They didn't put it on the nickels and coppers because they didn't think the poor folks had any trust in God ... Well, I didn't see that the statement ought to remain there. It wasn't true. But I think it would better read, ‘Within certain judicious limitations we trust in God,’ and if there isn't enough room on the coin for this, why enlarge the coin."
Regardless, Twain will be featured on the commemorative coin slated for release next year. Proceeds from the coin will go towards benefiting four Mark Twain historic and educational sites including: The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri; The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut; the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in Elmira, New York; and The Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California, Berkeley, according to the MarkTwainMuseum.org.
The Executive Director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Cindy Lovell praised the bipartisan leadership that allowed the resolution to be passed saying, "We're grateful for the leadership and collaboration shown by Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) and Senators Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri). This will have a significant impact on our work at the museum where we care for nine historic properties. It is legislation they can be proud of."
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