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

By Alan Duke, CNN
February 17, 2014 -- Updated 1456 GMT (2256 HKT)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.\n\n
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.

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