UNCLE SAM Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Uncle Sam                                                                         
Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States, with the first           
usage of the term dating from the War of 1812 and the first illustration dating         
from 1852. He is often depicted as a serious elderly man with white hair and a         
goatee, with an obvious resemblance to President Andrew Jackson, and dressed in         
clothing that recalls the design elements of the flag of the United States—for       
example, typically a top hat with red and white stripes and white stars on a           
blue band, and red and white striped trousers.                                         
Common folklore holds origins trace back to soldiers stationed in upstate New           
York, who would receive barrels of meat stamped with the initials U.S. The             
soldiers jokingly referred to it as the initials of the troops' meat supplier,         
Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. The 87th United States Congress adopted the           
following resolution on September 15, 1961: "Resolved by the Senate and the             
House of Representatives that the Congress salutes Uncle Sam Wilson of Troy, New       
York, as the progenitor of America's National symbol of Uncle Sam." Monuments           
mark his birthplace in Arlington, Massachusetts, and site of burial in Oakwood         
Cemetery, Troy, New York. Another sign marks "The boyhood home of Uncle Sam"           
outside his second home in Mason, NH. The first use of the term in literature is       
seen in an 1816 allegorical book, The Adventures of Uncle Sam in Search After           
His Lost Honor by Frederick Augustus Fidfaddy, Esq., also in reference to the           
aforementioned Samuel Wilson.                                                           
Earlier representative figures of the United States included such beings as "Brother   
Jonathan," used by Punch magazine. These were overtaken by Uncle Sam somewhere         
around the time of the Civil War. The female personification "Columbia" has             
seldom been seen since the 1920s.