Rotary Centennial Park
Governor James Pollock / In God We Trust
James Pollock was born on September 11, 1810 in Milton, a son of Scotch-Irish Presbyterian parents, William Pollock and Sarah Wilson. Not yet seven years old when his father died in 1817, Pollock's mother, who lived to age ninety-four, managed to educate her seven children. After attending the prestigious Milton Academy, the future governor received a Bachelor's degree, with highest honors, and a Master of Arts degree, both from the College of New Jersey at Princeton. He studied law with Milton attorney Samuel Hepburn before setting up his own law practice in Milton in 1833.
He served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and was later elected governor of the state, serving 1855-1858. He was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to serve as Director of the U.S. Mint in 1861.
The motto "In God We Trust" was placed on United States coins largely because of
The phrase "In God We Trust" may have already been developed informally by others, however, Gov. James Pollock is officially recognized as its originator. Eventually, "In God We Trust" was placed on all U.S. currency and a law was passed by the 84th Congress and approved by President Eisenhower on July 30 1956, declaring "In God We Trust" the national motto of the United States.
It can be accurately said that "you always have a piece of Milton in your pocket."
Location. 41° 1.001′ N, 76° 51.403′ W. Marker is in Milton, Pennsylvania, in Northumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Front Street and Mahoning Street on S. Front Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milton PA 17847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Rotary Centennial Park (a few steps from this marker); On This Site Stood the Second Stone House in Milton (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverside Park
Also see . . . James Pollock - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 24, 2015, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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