Who Sewed the First American Flag?


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Sewing the first American flag is often credited to Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress whose husband's uncle was on the congressional committee tasked with designing a flag. However, this story is likely an oversimplification created decades later, and evidence is mixed about the designer and sewer of the first flag.

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One of the designers behind the first official flag was Francis Hopkinson, a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress who also helped design the Great Seal of the United States. Hopkinson designed a flag with the stars in the straight pattern that is current as of 2014, rather than the circular pattern attributed to Betsy Ross. Both the flag with the straight pattern and the flag with the circular pattern were based on a prior design that was flown for several years during the Revolutionary War and that featured the red and white stripes with the British flag in the upper left.

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