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.

 

Just hours after the king opened the new Parliament [in 1775, British Prime Minister Lord] North’s wife wrote that the pressure on her husband was every day more disagreeable. Indeed it will be impossible for him to bear it much longer. Since hearing of Bunker Hill, he had doubted that Britain could conquer America by force of arms. But when he hinted at resigning, George replied in a note, You are my sheet anchor. The king would further add, It has not been my fate in general to be well served. By you I have, and therefore cannot forget it. Loyal North would hold fast and true, even as his countenance grew gloomier, his language more melancholy. He had neither devised the war nor liked it, Walpole wrote, but liked his place, whatever he pretended.

Rick Atkinson
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775—1777 (2018)