Sherry S. writes: My husband’s great-great grandfather was Francis Spinner. He was the US treasurer from 1861 through 1875. I would like to purchase something with his signature. I am having troulbe locating anything. Is there any paper money with his signature?
Francis E. Spinner was the first Treasurer of the United States to have his signature on U.S. currency. He served four terms in office that began on April 17, 1861 and ended on June 30, 1875. He is noted for introducing women into government employment as well as presiding over this office in during the dark days of the U.S. Civil War.
You can purchase currency from this period with Spinner’s signature of various types and denominations, including fractional currency, from a paper money dealer.