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A little bit of history...

Troy, New York has been associated with Uncle Sam since the War of 1812.

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As the story goes... During the war, Sam Wilson was a meat packer (...meat used to be packed in barrels) living and working in Troy, New York. Each barrel of meat rations was stamped US, before it was shipped to the soldiers. The soldiers of that time equated their United States supplied rations with Uncle Sam Wilson. The story grew to mythological proportions, resulting in a somewhat fictional image of Sam Wilson emerging as the white bearded, red - white - and - blue clad symbol of America.

Mr. Wilson's remains are Uncle Sam Poster now located in Oakwood Cemetary in North Troy, though he lives on in numerous ad campaigns all over the world.

The best known Uncle Sam image originated over fifty years ago as part of a war-time recruitment poster, encouraging qualifed citizens to join the armed forces. In addition to the bald eagle and the stars and stripes, this made Sam Wilson one of the United State's most recognized national symbols.

The 87th Congress of the United States 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.''



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