In 1776, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson devised a motto for the first Great Seal of the United States. Franklin offered a design for the Great Seal as well. Although the design was rejected, “E Pluribus Unum” a term in Latin which means “Out of Many, One,” became the official United States motto. It signified the co-operation of the 13 States to form a unified nation. The first Great Seal was used on all official government documents from 1782 – 1841.