Eleanor Roosevelt is leading choice for new face on $10 bill


More than 1 in 4 Americans choose Eleanor Roosevelt as their first choice for the new face on the $10 bill, according to a recent Marist poll.

Treasury Secretary to have final say

The poll shows 27 percent of those surveyed would choose Roosevelt; African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman is second choice, chosen by 17 percent of those asked; and in third place is Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who was a guide and translator for Lewis and Clark. She was chosen by 13 percent of the respondents. 

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Among women, Roosevelt won by a bigger margin, with 33 percent of those surveyed in her camp.

Among African Americans, Harriet Tubman was selected by 47 percent of those surveyed.

The ultimate decision about whose face will go on the $10 bill starting in 2020 goes to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, legally. But Lew said he would solicit public input before choosing which woman should be appear.

Whoever is chosen, she will be the first to appear on paper currency for the United States in 119 years.

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