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Oakwood Cemetery - Grave of Uncle Sam, part 2

Oakwood Cemetery - Grave of Uncle Sam, part 2 - cemetery, new york, uncle sam, grave, samuel wilson, troy, oakwood, headstone
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I LOVE CEMETERIES!! This set from Oakwood Cemetery is from part of my personal photographs! I Hope You ENJOY!!
http://www.oakwoodcemetery.org/

"Uncle Sam" Wilson
Samuel Wilson was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, in 1766. The family moved to Mason, NH when he was quite young. In 1780 he began to learn brickmaking, which would help him later in his life. In 1781, at age 15, he enlisted in the Revolutionary Army, becoming a service boy mending fences and tending livestock. In 1789 he and his brother Ebenezer walked from New Hampshire to Troy, NY, where they decided to stay. They set up a brickyard on Mt. Ida in Troy.
In 1789 they began a meat-packing business. During the beginning of the War of 1812 with England, Sam won a contract to supply meat to the War Department for the armies in NY and NJ. The barrels of meat were stamped "E.A.- U.S.", and the "U.S." stood for United States. The "E. A." stood for Elbert Anderson, probably from New York City. Anderson was the man from whom Samuel got the contract. But Samuel Wilson’s workers and the soldiers from this vicinity who knew him joked that "U.S." meant "Uncle Sam," as Samuel Wilson was very often called.
Local soldiers who received the barrels of meat knew his reputation, and passed along the reputation that anything from Samuel Wilson was top quality. Thus the connection between good quality and Uncle Sam and Samuel Wilson began to spread throughout the army and the nation.
From the War of 1812, the concept of "Uncle Sam" began to take hold. America needed a new symbol which could compete with England’s rotund "John Bull." America had used an ineffective symbol of "Brother Jonathan", not dignified enough to represent the emerging U. S. A.
There were uses of "Uncle Sam" as a symbol beginning in 1813, but the most famous were those of Thomas Nast, the famed NYC political cartoonist in the 1870’s.
In 1854, Samuel Wilson died and was buried in Troy’s Mt. Ida Cemetery. In 1858 his son Benjamin bought a plot at Oakwood and Samuel was re-interred at Oakwood. His wife, 3 of his children and 2 of his grandchildren are buried at Oakwood.
Oakwood is therefore the main site in America for "Uncle Sam" Wilson. In 1917 James Flagg made the most famous poster ever, the "I Want You" recruitment poster. And in 1961 Congress officially recognized "Uncle Sam" Wilson of Troy as the man behind America’s national symbol.
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http://www.oakwoodcemetery.org/

"Uncle Sam" Wilson
Samuel Wilson was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, in 1766. The family moved to Mason, NH when he was quite young. In 1780 he began to learn brickmaking, which would help him later in his life. In 1781, at age 15, he enlisted in the Revolutionary Army, becoming a service boy mending fences and tending livestock. In 1789 he and his brother Ebenezer walked from New Hampshire to Troy, NY, where they decided to stay. They set up a brickyard on Mt. Ida in Troy.
In 1789 they began a meat-packing business. During the beginning of the War of 1812 with England, Sam won a contract to supply meat to the War Department for the armies in NY and NJ. The barrels of meat were stamped "E.A.- U.S.", and the "U.S." stood for United States. The "E. A." stood for Elbert Anderson, probably from New York City. Anderson was the man from whom Samuel got the contract. But Samuel Wilson’s workers and the soldiers from this vicinity who knew him joked that "U.S." meant "Uncle Sam," as Samuel Wilson was very often called.
Local soldiers who received the barrels of meat knew his reputation, and passed along the reputation that anything from Samuel Wilson was top quality. Thus the connection between good quality and Uncle Sam and Samuel Wilson began to spread throughout the army and the nation.
From the War of 1812, the concept of "Uncle Sam" began to take hold. America needed a new symbol which could compete with England’s rotund "John Bull." America had used an ineffective symbol of "Brother Jonathan", not dignified enough to represent the emerging U. S. A.
There were uses of "Uncle Sam" as a symbol beginning in 1813, but the most famous were those of Thomas Nast, the famed NYC political cartoonist in the 1870’s.
In 1854, Samuel Wilson died and was buried in Troy’s Mt. Ida Cemetery. In 1858 his son Benjamin bought a plot at Oakwood and Samuel was re-interred at Oakwood. His wife, 3 of his children and 2 of his grandchildren are buried at Oakwood.
Oakwood is therefore the main site in America for "Uncle Sam" Wilson. In 1917 James Flagg made the most famous poster ever, the "I Want You" recruitment poster. And in 1961 Congress officially recognized "Uncle Sam" Wilson of Troy as the man behind America’s national symbol.
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Posted by CatContentInBasket on 09/26/13 at 02:40 AM
interesting how names come about . :)
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Date Uploaded: January 24, 2010
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