752 Steinbach Smoker 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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