Betsy Ross

American upholsterer who was credited by her relatives with making the first American flag

Betsy Ross (January 1, 1752 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – January 30, 1836 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), born Elizabeth Griscom and also known by her second and third married names Elizabeth Ashburn and Elizabeth Claypoole,[1] is widely known as making the first American flag.[2][3] There is, however, no evidence that the story is true.[4]

Ross sewing the American flag


  1. The Story of Our Flag..., 2nd Edition by Addie Guthrie Weaver, A.G.Weaver, 1898, page 73
  2. Gene Langley, "The legend and truth of Betsy Ross" The Christian Science Monitor 94.141 (6/14/2002): 22.
  3. Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, "Review of The Life and Times of Betsy Ross and The Life and Times of Nathan Hale," School Library Journal 53.7 (Jul 2007).
  4. Marc Leepson, "Five myths about the American flag", The Washington Post, June 12, 2011, p. B2.

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  Media related to Betsy Ross at Wikimedia Commons

  • Flag: An American Biography website
  • Betsy Ross Homepage from
  • "Betsy Ross". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 11, 2010.