Home of UNCLE SAM, Oakwood Cemetery

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Home of UNCLE SAM, Oakwood Cemetery
History of Samuel Wilson In the War of 1812, Samuel Wilson operated a slaughter house in the Village of Troy, N.Y. He was popularly known as Uncle Sam and from time to time, supplied barrels of beef to the soldiers located at Greenbush, stamping the barrels U.S. The soldiers from Troy designated the beef as. ""Uncle Sam's,"" implying that it was furnished by Samuel Wilson. The other recruits, thinking that the term was applied to the letters U.S. standing for the United States, began using the appellation ""Uncle Sam"" figuratively for promptly by other soldiers who began to call everything belonging to the government, ""Uncle Sam's."" The term as applied to the United States quickly sprang into popular favor and the weekly periodicals soon began to sketch caricature likeness by adding the long white beard and high hat, a typical representation of our government. Samuel Wilson was born in Montgomery (now Arlington), Massachusetts on September 13, 1766. He moved to Troy in February 1789 where he continued to live until his death on July 31, 1854. ""Uncle Sam"" Wilson is interred in Oakwood Cemetery, his grave properly marked by a bronze plaque and a 30 foot flag pole from which flies the ""Stars and Stripes,"" so emblematic of all he represented! By an Act of the 87th Congress of the United States, the following Resolution was adopted on September 15, 1961: ""Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring) that the Congress salutes ""Uncle Sam"" Wilson of Troy, New York, as the progenitor of America's National symbol of ""Uncle Sam
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