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No 752 Steinbach Smoker Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross 

According to legend, the honor of making the first United States-National flag belongs to Betsy Ross (1752-1836). She was an upholsterer who sewed together the Stars and Stripes in 1776. Her husband, John Ross, was a nephew of George Ross, one of the signers of the Declaration of the Independence. When he died Betsy Ross carried on their shop at 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. There, so the story goes, a comittee consisting of George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross called to ask Betsy Ross to sew the first flag. Their drawing showed the stars made with six points. She suggested that the stars be made with 5 points. She made the flag, arranging the 13 white stars in a circle on the blue background. It was so satisfactory that her was given a contract to make all the government flags. After her death her daughter Clarissa Wilson continued the same business until 1857. The house, where the flag was made, now called “American-Flag-House”, is under the care of the “Betsy Ross Memorial Association”.


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