What is Betsy Ross?

  • (noun): American seamstress said to have made the first American flag at the request of George Washington (1752-1836).
    Synonyms: Ross, Betsy Griscom Ross

Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836), born Elizabeth Griscom and briefly known by her second and third married names Elizabeth Ashburn and Elizabeth Claypoole, is widely credited with making the first American flag. There is, however, no credible historical evidence that the story is true.

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Betsy Ross - Memory and Legend
... See also Betsy Ross flag Research conducted by the National Museum of American History notes that the story of Betsy Ross making the first American flag for General George ... In 1870 Ross's grandson, William J ... this information from his aunt Clarissa Sydney (Claypoole) Wilson in 1857, twenty years after Betsy Ross's death ...
Flag Of The United States - History - The Flag Resolution of 1777
... features 13 outwardly-oriented five-pointed stars arranged in a circle, the so-called Betsy Ross flag ... Although the Betsy Ross legend is controversial, the design is among the earliest 13-star flags ... The apocryphal story credits Betsy Ross for sewing the first flag from a pencil sketch handed to her by George Washington ...
Betsy Ross (disambiguation)
... Betsy Ross is the name of Betsy Ross (1752-1836), American woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag Betsy Ross House, one of the most visited tourist sites in Philadelphia where Betsy Ross is alleged ...
Betsy Ross Flag - The 'Ross Question'
... may enhance the details of her story, Betsy Ross never claimed any contribution to the flag design except for the five-pointed star, which was simply easier for her to make ... However he did serve on a committee with John Ross' uncle George Read in 1776 (see below) ... Although Betsy Ross kept detailed records, no invoice or document was found linking to this transaction ...

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