Today in American History…Betsy Ross was Born

Betsy Ross was born on January 1, 1752 in Philadelphia and eventually become one of the most famous figures of the American Revolution. Did she make the very first US flag? There is still an ongoing debate as to whether she did (or didn’t) but we do know for a fact that she was a large part of Philadelphia society and had encountered many leaders of the American Revolution – especially General George Washington.

According to her grandson, Sometime in the Summer of 1776 or possibly 1777 Betsy Ross received a visit from General George Washington regarding the making of a flag for our new Nation.

Is Betsy Ross the one who finalized the design of our flag? Or was it another Philadelphia seamstress, perhaps Mary Pickersgill, who would sew the mammoth flag that was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Some say it might have even have been a New Hampshire quilting bee that made the first flag.

Regardless, Betsy Ross was in the perfect time and setting in her life and it was a time in American History when we needed patriots and heroes. Who else better to be a patriot and hero but the quiet lady seamstress from Philadelphia who is credited with finalizing the design and sewing the first U.S. flag.


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