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Let’s Celebrate Betsy Ross’ Birthday!

Let’s Celebrate Betsy Ross’ Birthday!

Let’s learn more about this famous American Revolutionary era figure in honor of her birthday.

While she wasn’t a politician, general or statesman, Betsy Ross (1752-1832) is still considered one of the biggest patriotic icons arising out of the American Revolutionary War.  Ms. Ross is best remembered for her creation of the very first “stars and stripes” United States flag.  She is still celebrated as the mother of the American flag we know today.

As legend has it, Betsy Ross was visited by Commander in Chief, (and later President) George Washington in the summer of 1776.  He had come to her for help designing a new flag for the nation.  Legend has it that he came to her with a basic design, but she finalized it, coming up with the 5-point stars that we know today.

While no one can say whether the story is truth or fiction, it remains that Betsy Ross is one of the most recognized and celebrated icons of the American Revolution.  In honor of this historical figure, let’s enjoy these interesting facts about her life.

1) Betsy Ross was born Elizabeth Griscom on January 1st, 1752.  Her parents were both believers in the religious group known as the Quakers.

2) Ross was the 8th of 17 children!

3) At age 21, Ross eloped with the son of an Episcopal rector named John Ross.  This act caused her to be expelled from the Quaker church.  Sadly, her husband died after only two years of marriage.

4) Ross re-married twice.  First to a sailor names Joseph Ashburn who died in an English prison and then to a man named John Claypoole, a childhood friend who had been imprisoned with her second husband, Ashburn.

5) Throughout her life, Ross continued her work as a flag maker along with the help of her seven daughters.  When her vision started to fail, she spent the last ten years of her life in retirement before dying at the age of 84 in 1836.

Whether the story of Betsy Ross and the first American flag is fact or folklore, it demonstrates our desire to celebrate strong female figures who stood alongside men as our nation came to be.

Join us at the at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate Betsy Ross’ birthday.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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