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Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross was born in 1752 as Elizabeth Pheobe Griscom. She was born as the eighth child out of seventeen, but only eight of her siblings lived to be adults. Betsy grew up in Philadelphia and attended a Quaker-run school. Her great aunt taught her how to sew, and after her school she took up an apprenticeship with a carpenter. There she met a young man named John Ross, and the young couple married in 1773 when Betsy was only 21 years old.

The legend says that Betsy Ross created the first American flag in 1776, and she presented it to George Washington himself. This information was given by her grandson, and no record was kept but the legend lived and Betsy Ross was viewed as an American role-model for many young girls in the years to come. She was credited for replacing the original six -pointed stars with easier five-pointed stars. This new design made her legend famous...

Learn more about Betsy Ross in today's Famous American Women!

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