Betsy Griscom Ross was and American flagmaker
and reputed maker of the first United States flag,
born in Philadelphia, Pa. After her husband's
death in 1776, she managed his upholstery business.
In the same year, according to the legend, a
committee led by the Revolutionary patriot
George Washington, called on Betsy Ross and
requested her to design and make a national flag.
In 1870 a grandson of Betsy Ross made public the
family story of this visit, and it subsequently
received wide circulation. Independent researchers
failed to establish documentary proof of the story,
however, and historians generally doubt its
authenticity. Although it is known that Betsy Ross
made flags for the government during the
American Revolution, no conclusive evidence exists
that she made the national emblem adopted by the
Continental Congress on June 17, 1777.
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