Did you know?
The origin of the United States nickname, ‘Uncle Sam’ may have come into being.
The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.
The earliest known personification of what would become the United States was “Columbia” who first appeared in 1738 and sometimes was associated with Liberty.