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Who invented the flag of the United states of America?

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2016-12-07 17:23:41

Wikipedia: Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a naval flag

designer, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed

the 1777 flag. while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy

Board's Middle Department, sometime between his appointment to that

position in November 1776 and the time that the flag resolution was

adopted in June 1777.

The Navy Board was under the Continental Marine Committee. Not only

did Hopkinson claim that he designed the U.S. flag, but he also

claimed that he designed a flag for the U.S. Navy. Hopkinson was

the only person to have made such a claim during his own lifetime,

when he sent a letter and several bills to Congress for his work.

These claims are documented in the Journals of the Continental

Congress and George Hasting's biography of Hopkinson.

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2016-12-07 17:12:40

We do not know who designed the first American flag.

There have been many historians who have researched this

question, and none has been able to come up with a definitive

answer. The idea that Betsy Ross designed the flag seems to have

appeared for the first time at about the time of the Centenary

Celebrations, in 1876, a hundred years after the flag first


There are many people who have been suggested as the first

designer, but there is no hard historical evidence to support any

of them. The first description of the design came from the Maritime

Committee of the Second Continental Congress, in 1777, but this

seems to have been a formal adoption of an already extant design

from an unknown source.

  • On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, on a motion from

    John Adams, adopted the stars and stripes as the national flag.

    History leaves its students with very few clues as to who designed

    and created the original flag, but it has been long attributed to

    the Philadelphia seamstress and upholsterer. So widely accepted is

    the story of this legendary flagmaker, the United States government

    issued a commemorative postage stamp in 1952 in celebration of the

    two hundredth anniversary of her birth.

  • Betsy Ross did NOT make the first flag of the United States of


  • Mary Pickersgill made the large flag that flew over Fort

    McHenry in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. This 15-star,

    15-stripe flag is the one that Francis Scott Key saw on the morning

    of September 14, 1814 after an all night British bombardment. He

    penned the poem "In Defense of Fort McHenry" which later became our

    National Anthem. This "Star Spangled Banner" is on display in the

    Smithsonian institution Museum in Washington, DC. - the original

    flag from the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

  • A technicality: Our flag is NOT the "American flag"... it is

    the flag of the United States of America. All of the countries in

    North America, Central America, and South America have their own

    national flags. They too would be "American flags."

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