Uncle Sam: The Son of Three Fathers
September 13, 2010

Who is This Guy?

Who is This Guy?

Will the Real Sam Wilson Please Stand Up?

Uncle Sam Wilson Though I Suspect The Photo is Not the First Uncle Sam Wilson of Troy NY

On This Date In History: On This date, Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York was basking in the limelight shown by Congress….or he would have been had he been alive in the 20th century.  He was born in on September 13, 1766 in Massachusetts. He moved to Troy and was such a kindly man, that people affectionately called him “Uncle Sam.” During the War of 1812, Sam sold 300 barrels of beef and pork to food wholesaler Elbert Anderson who stamped each barrel “EA-US”. Anderson had a contract with the US Army and the lettering was meant to stand for Elbert Anderson and United States. When a worker was asked what the letters stood for, he said “Uncle Sam Wilson.” The name stuck. 150 years later, on this date in 1961, Congress passed a resolution honoring Sam Wilson of Troy, NY as the progenitor of America’s Uncle Sam. Congress must not have had much else to do that day, even though it was but a month before the Cuban Missile Crisis. Some things never change….like in the fact that Congress may have gotten it wrong.

Seems another Samuel Wilson was born in 1778 in Delaware and this Sam Wilson also moved to Troy, New York. He took a job as a clerk in a store owned by…Ebenezer Anderson. During the War of 1812, Sam oversaw orders taken from the government.  The claims associated with this story is that this Sam Wilson was known as “Uncle Sam” around the store.  So, he marked the boxes for the proprietor and for himself, using his the initials of his nickname.   The boxes were therefore also stamped “EA-US” for Ebenezer Anderson and Uncle Sam.   Again, someone identified the initials as those belonging to Uncle Sam.

Rice: Model for Uncle Sam?

Rice: Model for Uncle Sam?

The first Sam was born first but only lived to be 87. The second Sam was born later but lived to be 100. While the first Sam was the first, then the title should go to him.   But the second Sam was the last Sam, so the title should go to him.  Then again, the first Sam had been referred to as “Uncle Sam” by his neighbors before Ebenezer Anderson ever provided supplies for the government.  Nevertheless, both Sams were procuring orders for the military for the War of 1812 so the title should end in a tie. You can make your choice.  But oh…those clever 19th Century Newspapermen caught wind of it and the moniker Uncle Sam as a synonym for the US government began appearing in newspapers in 1813. So, you see, the press pack-mentality of everyone running with the same stuff began long ago and there has been no shortage of uninspiring, un-original stories in the press ever since.

Dan Rice in His Patriotic Garb-Precursor to Uncle Sam Image?

But, there’s more. There was a man named Dan Rice, who was a professional clown and who was also politically active. He was friends with both President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. His popularity was such that he even made it on the ballot for the 1868 Presidential election. Now, Rice had been a supporter of Zachary Taylor during the 1848 presidential campaign and he had a habit of showing up to campaign events wearing red, white and blue tights, a tail coat that looked like the flag and a top hat and he sported a goatee. At least that part looks a little like the famous cartoon character of which we are familiar. Some say that is the true beginning of Uncle Sam and that was a result of the artistic work of James Montgomery Flagg. He was the artist who made the recruiting poster in 1917 encouraging enlistment for Americans into World War I. My guess is that Flagg took the stories of Uncle Sam Wilson and then used the appearance of Rice as a model.

You Figure it Out!

Flagg's 1917 Uncle Sam

Here’s the kicker….I’m not so sure that the photo attached in the upper left and widely spread as the 1766 Sam Wilson is not really the 1778 Sam Wilson as the 1766 Sam Wilson died in 1853 which would have been prior to photographs being so easily available. Further, his attire looks more like the Civil War Era and it seems possible that it was taken during that conflict as a sort of propaganda instrument for the North. But, I may be mistaken. Whatever it is, he sure doesn’t look like the more familiar character that started showing up in World War I. Funny how Uncle Sam seems so closely associated with war. Perhaps he was a product of the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.

Weather Bottom Line:  The front came through on Saturday and as expected a line of thunderstorms formed.  However, they formed just east of Louisville, much to the chagrin of my sunflowers and hydrangia.   This is climatilogically our driest part of the year and we will hold to that tradition throughout the week.  We have exceedingly dry air over the top of us and that will make for warm afternoons and relatively mild overnight temperatures.  The drier the air, the lower the heat capacitance and the result is pretty wide temperature swings.  For the next several days the difference between the highs and lows will be about 23-29 degrees.  I really don’t see much of a chance for rain until…maybe…th end of the week.

Will The Real Uncle Sam Please Stand Up
September 13, 2009

Who is This Guy?

Who is This Guy?

Will the Real Sam Wilson Please Stand Up?

Uncle Sam Wilson

On This Date In History:  On This date, Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York was basking in the limelight shown  by Congress….or he would have been had he been alive.  He was born in 1766 in Massachusetts.  He moved to Troy and was such a kindly man, that people affectionately called him “uncle Sam.”  During the War of 1812, Sam sold 300 barrels of beef and pork to food wholesaler Elbert Anderson who stamped each barrel “EA-US”.  Anderson had a contract with the US Army and the lettering was meant to stand for Elbert Anderson and United States.  When a worker was asked what the letters stood for, he said “Uncle Sam Wilson.”  The name stuck.  150 years later, on this date in 1961, Congress passed a resolution honoring Sam Wilson of Troy, NY as the progenitor of America’s Uncle Sam.  Congress must not have had much else to do that day, even though it was but a month before the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Some things never change….like in the fact that Congress may have gotten it wrong.

Seems another Samuel Wilson was born in 1778  in Delaware and this Sam Wilson also moved to Troy, New York.  He took a job as a clerk in a store owned by…Ebenezer Anderson.   During the War of 1812, Sam oversaw orders taken from the government.  The boxes were also stamped “EA-US” for Ebenezer Anderson and Sam Wilson.  Again, someone identified the initials as those belonging to Uncle Sam. 

Rice: Model for Uncle Sam?

Rice: Model for Uncle Sam?

The first Sam was born first but only lived to be 87. The second Sam was born later but lived to be 100.  While the first Sam was the first, then the title should go to him.  But the second Sam was the last Sam, so the title should go to him.  Both were procuring orders for the military for the War of 1812 so the title should end in a tie.  You can make your choice.  But oh…those clever 19th Century Newspapermen caught wind of it and the moniker Uncle Sam as a synonym for the US government began appearing in newspapers in 1813.  So, you see, the press pack-mentality of everyone running with the same stuff began long ago and there has been no shortage of uninspiring, un-original stories in the press ever since.

But, there’s more.  There was a man named Dan Rice, who was a professional clown and who was also politically active.  He was friends with both President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. His popularity was such that he even made it on the ballot for the 1868 Presidential election.  Now, Rice was a supporter of Zachary Taylor and he had a habit of showing up to campaign events wearing red, white and blue tights, a tail coat that looked like the flag and a top hat.  And, of course, he sported a goatee.  At least that part looks a little like the famous cartoon character of which we are familiar.  Some say that is the true beginning of Uncle Sam and that was a result of the artistic work of Montgomery Flagg.  He was the artist who made the recruiting poster in 1917 encouraging enlistment for Americans into World War I.  My guess is that Flagg took the stories of Uncle Sam Wilson and then used the appearance of Rice as a model.

You Figure it Out!

Flagg's 1917 Uncle Sam

Here’s the kicker….I’m not so sure that the photo attached in the upper left and widely spread as the 1766 Sam Wilson is not really the 1778 Sam Wilson as the 1766 Sam Wilson died in 1853 which would have been prior to photographs being so easily available. Further, his attire looks more like the Civil War Era and it seems possible that it was taken during that conflict as a sort of propaganda instrument for the North.  But, I may be mistaken.  Whatever it is, he sure doesn’t look like the more familiar character that started showing up in World War I.  Funny how Uncle Sam seems so closely associated with war.  Perhaps he was a product of the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.

 Weather Bottom Line:  Still seasonably dry with cool nights and warm afternoons through the middle part of the week.

We’ve Had Enough of Hurricane Ike; Are Two Uncle Sams too Many?
September 15, 2008

You Think You Had Trouble Getting To Work?

You Think You Had Trouble Getting To Work?

for more photos and video of damage from Hurricane Ike along the coast and in the Ohio Valley, CLICK HERE and scroll down through several posts with numerous photo/video sources

Hurricane Ike is but a memory now.  An exiting one for some, a nightmare for others.  804 miles from Galveston, Ike on Sunday midday was situated around Terre Haute.  The pressure in Louisville was at 997 mb and the winds ran from about 40 to 60 mph from about noon until 3pm.  The peak wind (gust) at the Louisville airport was 75 mph at 1:51 pm EDT.  Snow White and I have joined several hundred thousand of our closest neighbors as being those who lost power.  The church next door has it. The people behind me have it.  The apartments down the street have it. The houses across the street have it.  The only ones who do not have it in our neighborhood is my condominium complex.  hmmm….I wonder if the Condo Association did somethng to make the mayor upset.  Speaking of the mayor, he is making certain that the Valhalla Golf Course is up and ready to go for this week’s Ryder Cup.  Maybe I should have been a better golfer.  The official forecast kept calling for Ike to get “absorbed” into a cold front.  But, on Saturday night I observed that the storm had a great integrity going for it in Arkansas and I didn’t think it would just go away in less than 24 hours.  I was concerned about pop-up low topped tornadoes.  We had none of those that I have heard of, but there was plenty of wind for everyone.  Fortunately, Ike was zipping right along and the winds diminished by late afternoon.  Now, the aforementioned front has moved through.  High pressure will build in and the week looks great for cleaning up, the Ryder Cup and for anything else.

As for Ike, there are more photos coming in. Below you will find a news story about Louisville and a slide show. The Austin American Statesman has a 265 photo slide show, found at the bottom of this here post.  My previous post I spoke of my thoughts that Galveston really got lucky that the storm wasn’t a little stronger and about 20 miles farther west.  If you look at the video from KHOU of Bolivar Peninsula and Crystal Beach, on the east side of the entrance to Galveston Bay, you will get an idea of what I am talking about.  That side got the brunt of the winds and biggest storm surge, just to the east of the eye.  It’s over 30 minutes of video but worth it. You will also find photos from CNN.

Will the Real Sam Wilson Please Stand Up?On This Date In History:  On This date in 1961, Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York was basking in the limelight shown on him the day before by Congress….or he would have been had he been alive.  He was born in 1766 in Massachusetts.  He moved to Troy and was such a kindly man, that people affectionately called him “uncle Sam.”  During the War of 1812, Sam sold 300 barrels of beef and pork to food wholesaler Elbert Anderson who stamped each barrel “EA-US”.  Anderson had a contract with the US Army and the lettering was meant to stand for Elbert Anderson and United States.  When a worker was asked what the letters stood for, he said “Uncle Sam Wilson.”  The name stuck.  150 years later, Congress passed a resolution honoring Sam Wilson of Troy, NY as the progenitor of America’s Uncle Sam.  Congress must not have had much else to do that day, even though it was but a month before the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Some things never change….like in the fact that Congress may have gotten it wrong.

Seems another Samuel Wilson was born in 1778  in Delaware and this Sam Wilson also moved to Troy, New York.  He took a job as a clerk in a store owned by…Ebenezer Anderson.   During the War of 1812, Sam oversaw orders taken from the government.  The boxes were also stamped “EA-US” for Ebenezer Anderson and Sam Wilson.  Again, someone identified the initials as those belonging to Uncle Sam. 

The first Sam was born first but only lived to be 87. The second Sam was born later but lived to be 100.  While the first Sam was the first, then the title should go to him.  But the second Sam was the last Sam, so the title should go to him.  Both were procuring orders for the military for the War of 1812 so the title should end in a tie.  You can make your choice.  But oh…those clever 19th Century Newspapermen caught wind of it and the moniker Uncle Sam as a synonym for the US government began appearing in newspapers in 1813.  So, you see, the press pack-mentality of everyone running with the same stuff began long ago and there has been no shortage of uninspiring, un-original stories in the press ever since.

You Figure it Out!

You Figure it Out!

Here’s the kicker….I’m not so sure that the photo attached and widely spread as the 1766 SAm Wilson is not really the 1778 Sam Wilson as the 1766 Sam Wilson died in 1853 which would have been prior to photographs being so easily available. Further, his attire looks more like the Civil War Era and it seems possible that it was taken during that conflict as a sort of propaganda instrument for the North.  But, I may be mistaken.  Whatever it is, he sure doesn’t look like the more familiar character that started showing up in World War I.  Funny how Uncle Sam seems so closely associated with war.  Perhaps he was a product of the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.

 

Louisville Wind Damage From Ike video

Louisville Wind Damage Slide Show

KHOU-Bolivar Peninsula Destroyed-Video

CNN photos 19

CNN Houston Photos 8

Austin American Statesman photos 265

for more ike damage photos and video, see previous post

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