We Believe Betsy Ross

We Believe Betsy Ross

In March 1870, William Canby, the grandson of seamstress Betsy Ross submitted a paper to the Pennsylvania Historical Society recounting a secret meeting by Continental Congress representatives – George Washington, Robert Morris and Colonel George Ross in 1776 – asking Betsy to sew a newly designed flag for the colonies. However, she has never been given full credit. Instead, Francis Hopkinson has been suggested as the “first maker of the flag”, four year later based on a “letter submitted to the Board of Admiralty in 1780, Hopkinson sought payment for his design of “the flag of the United States of America.” The invoice was rejected because it lacked vouchers. On resubmitting his invoices, he changed the reference from “the flag of the United States of America” to now state, “The Great Naval Flag of the United States.” There is no historical record of what his flag looked like. This invoice was also rejected.

Affidavits have been submitted by Betsy’s relatives – and there is a great point/counterpoint offered here

but the best part about Betsy Ross is her extraordinary strength and guts. At 21, she eloped with John Ross and was summarily cast out by the Quakers because he was an Episcopal. He died tragically three years later. She would marry three times and and bear seven children, all daughters, with five surviving into adulthood.

So, today, on July 3, 2010, I am conferring on Betsy Ross the notability of being the person who sewed the first flag for the new colonies, because I have the power of 2,182 women behind me and we take care of our Girlfriends.

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