Betsy Ross
By Victoria M.

Betsy Ross was born in Philadelphia on January 1, 1752. She was 21 years old when she married John Ross. Many people say that Betsy Ross made the first flag of the United States of America from a sketch that George Washington gave her. In June 1776 a committee of the Continental Congress is supposed to have given her a rough sketch for a flag which Washington designed. Although there is no real documentation that the story is true, there is no evidence that it is not true. It is true that Betsy Ross was a seamstress and made many flags during the Revolutionary War for the Pennsylvania Navy.

The design that Betsy Ross was the first to sew for the United States was officially adopted by Congress on June 14, 1777, The flag had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars. Her flag-making business did very well and was carried on even after she died by her daughter. Betsy Ross died in Philadelphia on January 30, 1836. The United States celebrated the 200th anniversary of her birthday with a postage stamp being made in her honor in 1952.




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