Betsy Ross

The Birth of Old Glory, c. 1917
by Edward Percy Moran

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QUICK FACTS
BORN:
1 January 1752 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  DIED:
30 January 1836 in Philadelphia
Buried at the Betsy Ross House

  • On 14-Jun-1777 the United States adopted a national flag with 13 stars and stripes.
  • There is no evidence that Betsy Ross designed the flag. It was probably designed by New Jersey lawyer Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

George Washington ordered his overseers to begin the 1767 wheat harvest on June 24, a hot, cloudy Saturday at the end of a dry week. Thus began twenty days of unrelenting exertion for Mount Vernon’s slaves and no little anxiety for their master, who for the first time had given over his holding almost entirely to the cultivation of grain. Much depended on the success of this experiment, which was a crucial element in Washington’s scheme to free himself of the debts he had accumulated over the years of failing to produce tobacco that would sell on London’s finicky market. Rich as he was in land, he feared that, like so many of his fellow planters, he too would become permanently dependent on his English merchant creditors. It was a fate he dreaded above all, for to suffer it meant that he would lose the essence of a gentleman’s character, independence, and with it the capacity to behave in a truly virtuous way.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)