Did you know...?
Historians are not really sure how the character "Uncle Sam"
was created or how he was named.
Theories say that "Uncle Sam" was named after Samuel Wilson,
who was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on September 13, 1766.
During the War of 1812, Wilson was in the business of slaughtering
and packing meat, and he provided large shipments to the U.S. Army.
The meat was put into barrels stamped "U.S." Someone who
saw the initials said (as a joke) that they stood for "Uncle Sam" Wilson.
The suggestion that the meat came from "Uncle Sam" led to
the idea that "Uncle Sam" symbolized the U.S. federal government.
Uncle Sam's traditional features, which include the little
white goatee and star-spangled suit, was invented by political cartoonists
and artists. Thomas Nast, a well-known 19th century political cartoonist,
was the cartoonist to draw the earliest cartoons of Uncle Sam.
Samuel Wilson did not look like the Uncle Sam of today; for
example, Samuel Wilson didn't have a goatee like Uncle Sam does.
The single and most famous portrait of Uncle Sam is the
"I WANT YOU" poster, which was painted by James Montgomery Flagg in 1916-1917.
These posters were painted to make more people join the U.S. Army.
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