Peace is a Predominant Founding Principle
The chief designer of the Great Seal, Charles Thomson, said,
What's more, the American Eagle looks toward the olive branch,
During the American Revolution, the olive branch was used in political drawings as well as on paper money. The back of Maryland's $16 bill (below) issued in 1775 shows America and Britannia holding an olive branch.
In a final attempt to avoid war with England, the Continental Congress sent what's been called the "Olive Branch Petition" to King George on July 8, 1775. A few months later, he rejected it. And the rest is history.
See visions of peace after the Revolution.
Jefferson's 1792 Diplomatic Medal:
Visit the Temple of Peace.
Check out the great seals on George Washington's Indian Peace Medals.
The white dove of peace carries an olive branch.
Historical content is based on the official history of the Great Seal.
Author and webwright: John D. MacArthur