: Flag Day...Little Known New Jersey History!

Flag Day...Little Known New Jersey History!

Flag Day is celebrated every June 14th (this Tuesday) in the United States.  Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  

American FlagI don't want to rewrite history, but a little American Flag research indicates it's likely that Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey designed the 1777 flag while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board's Middle Department, sometime between his appointment to that position in November 1776 and the time that the flag resolution was adopted in June 1777.

This contradicts the Betsy Ross legend, which suggests that she sewed the first Stars and Stripes flag by request of the government in the spring, 1776. 

The New Jerseyan was the only person to have made such a claim during his own lifetime, when he sent a bill to Congress for his work!

His payment demand?  

Hopkinson asked for a "quarter cask of the public wine" as payment. He didn't get paid.  It was determined he already received a salary as a member of Congress, and he was not the only person to have contributed to the design. 

No one else contested his claim at the time.

So I guess double dipping in the public coffers has quite a long history here among New Jersey politicians!


Comment balloon 5 commentsLaura Giannotta • June 12 2011 12:26PM


That is interesting flag history, especially for our neighbir New Jersey which I know very little about aside from Atlantic City.  Thanks for sharing that interesting piece of history.

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Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 9 years ago

Well, who knew? LOL And yes, I suppose double dippin' has been around a REALLY long time!!!!

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 9 years ago

Laura..  As a Philadelphian Raised on American history I would beg to differ and claim the flag  for Betsy Ross as it sits in Philadelphia as a piece of American History for the world to see

Helpfulhannah your friend in Philadelphia

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 9 years ago

Debi-We're great at that!

Hey Hannah-But she, unlike anyone from NJ din not try to charge Congress!!  LOL

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 9 years ago