Hamilton descendant: Leave the $10 bill alone

Doug Hamilton holds a $10 bill bearing the portrait of his direct ancestor, Alexander Hamilton, in Columbus, Ohio.
Mitch Stacy | AP

Doug Hamilton is just fine with the plans to put a woman's portrait on U.S. paper money. But he'd like the Treasury Department to leave the $10 bill alone.

The 10-spot has since 1929 carried the prominent visage of Hamilton's great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Alexander Hamilton.

US Treasurer: Woman will be featured on $10 bill

Read More

It's a source of family pride in Doug Hamilton's house in suburban Columbus, so he's speaking out over the proposal that has the first Treasury secretary sharing the note with a deserving woman yet to be chosen.

The 64-year-old salesman for IBM takes issue with the "diminishing" of Alexander Hamilton. He's urging people to sign a petition and this weekend will be making his case at a series of events planned around the anniversary of Hamilton's death in 1804.