Groupon discounts U.S. history, declares Alexander Hamilton president

Updated 9:56 AM EST, Mon February 17, 2014

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Groupon Presidents Day promotion honors non-President Alexander Hamilton

Online coupon company calls Hamilton "undeniably one of our greatest presidents"

Hamilton, who's on the $10 bill, was treasury secretary but not president

"Joke? We'd never joke about saving $10! #AllKindsOfSerious" Groupon tweets

CNN —  

Beware learning American history through Groupon promotions. Contrary to what the online coupon company claims, Alexander Hamilton was never a U.S. president.

The discounter put out a news release announcing “Groupon Celebrates Presidents Day by Honoring Alexander Hamilton,” and offering $10 off of all local deals above $40.

Alexander Hamilton graces the $10 bill but was never president.
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Alexander Hamilton graces the $10 bill but was never president.

“The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton – undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system,” the Business Wire release read.

Hamilton, whose portrait does grace the $10 bill, was the first treasury secretary and is credited with laying the foundation of the U.S. financial system.

But he was never president.

When people suggested Groupon’s promotion was tongue-in-cheek, it responded through its Twitter account: “Joke? We’d never joke about saving $10! #AllKindsOfSerious”

@carmstrong07 was not convinced, tweeting: “Gee whiz, it’s almost as if @Groupon did something ridiculous to get everyone online talking about them.”

“We’re shocked by this implication! Shocked!” the company replied.

In case Groupon decides to give a $100 discount next year, Benjamin Franklin – the face on the C-note – was never a U.S. president either.