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Pollock, James

Born: 1810 AD
Died: 1890 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Governor, Political Leader, Politician

1810 – James Pollock, born on the 11th of September in Milton, Northumberland County, son of Scotch-Irish Presbyterian parents, William Pollock and Sarah Wilson. He was the governor of the State of Pennsylvania.

1844 – He was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he served three successive terms.

1848 – In a speech he said, “At the risk of being considered insane, I will venture the prediction that, in less than twenty-five years from this evening, a railroad will be completed and in operation between New York and San Francisco, California”.

1850 – He returned to the judiciary in Pennsylvania’s Eighth District.

1854 – He was nominated by the Whig Party for the governor’s race, amid controversy surrounding the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

1855 – Served as Vice President of the American Sunday School Union.

1857 – During his administration, Pennsylvania began to sell its publicly held railroads and canals, and he helped steer the state through the financial Panic.

1861 – He chaired the Pennsylvania delegation to the Washington Peace Convention.

       – And was appointed by President Lincoln as Director of the Philadelphia mint.

1864 – He was instructed by the Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase in a letter to come up with suggestions for including "the trust of our people in God" in a motto on America’s coins.

       – Two-cent piece was the first coin with the approved motto and today all American coins are inscribed with “In God We Trust”.

1890 – Died in Lock Haven on the 9th of April, and is interred in Milton Cemetery in the town of his birth.