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Further flag facts


Dear Editor,

Re: “Fun Flag facts for the Fourth: The 4th of July is a popular day to display the flag; here are some common myths debunked,” June 30, 2022

Myth #1: Betsy Ross created the first American flag

1. Although the person who stitched the first Stars and Stripes flag is unknown, the designer is. Scholars now credit Francis Hopkinson as the American flag’s designer. (Source: Leepson, Marc. “Flag: An American Biography.” St. Martin’s Griffin. 2005. p. 33.)

2. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) issued the following Tweet on February 4, 2021:


#FlagFact: The designer of the American flag was Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from New Jersey.


3. Recent research on Francis Hopkinson and the Stars and Stripes has been uploaded to

Submitted by Earl P. Williams, Jr., U.S. flag historian (paleovexillologist)


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