News Display: U.S. Is Nicknamed Uncle Sam
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/04/2012
Uploaded: 09/21/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: nicknames, Samuel Wilson, Troy, Uncle Sam

Description/Abstract: News Display: U.S. Is Nicknamed Uncle Sam, Friday, 9/7

On September 7, 1813, the United States earned its nickname, "Uncle Sam", thanks to a certain, dedicated meat packer from Troy, New York. Samuel Wilson stamped the initials "U.S." on his barrels of beef which were sent to American soldiers during the War of 1812. When local newspapers heard the happy references, the rest quickly became history.

Come read articles about the interesting history of our nation's nickname, including political caricatures and depictions of Uncle Sam for use by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Treasury.