The national motto, "In God We Trust," was established by the 84th Congress and approved by President Eisenhower in 1956. It seems the motto dates from a popular movement during the Civil War to recognize God on U.S. coinage. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase declared in 1861, "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in mGod should be declared on our national coins." "In God We Trust," which first appeared on U.S. notes in 1957, may be based on "In God is our trust" from the fourth verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)