"In God We Trust...."

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 24 03:55:10 UTC 2011

The Yale Book of Quotations has an earlier cite on page 669:

In God we trust; all others pay cash.
Chester (Pa.) Daily Times, 21 Apr. 1877. The exact
wording here is ‘‘In God we trust, all others cash.’’

I was enthused when I found a variant in 1865 several months ago, but
Barry Popik already had it listed on his website:

18 May 1865, New Hampshire Sentinel, pg. 2:
There was something of incongruity in the mottoes of a store window in
Portland, on the occasion of the funeral of the President: “In God we
trust.” “Terms cash.”—Bangor Times.


On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> If this isn't an antedating, it's still worth knowing about:
> 1877 _St. Louis Post-Dispatch_ (Aug. 20) 4 [ProQuest]: An up-town grocer's
> motto: "In God we trust - everybody else cash."
> JL
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