5 Things That Betsy Ross Did That Weren’t Sewing a Flag

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What do you know about Betsy Ross? Good seamstress, lived sometime around the Revolutionary War? Sounds about right.

It’s true that Elizabeth (Betsy) Ross sewed the first American flag after a fateful meeting with George Washington, George Ross, and Robert Morris. But aside from the albeit very important project, Betsy lived an incredible life – she was married three times, owned her own business, and was a very principled, passionate leader.

History may only remember one part of Betsy Ross’ life, but we remember all of it. Without further ado, here are five things Betsy Ross did that WEREN’T sewing a flag.

written with 💖 by Hayley Milliman

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  1. Brenna Campbell
    Brenna Campbell
    March 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Well, this may come as a surprise to you, but some of us don’t consider marrying or having children to be resume-worthy. In fact, many of us do not define our self-worth by our spouses or ability to create life or parent. Perhaps better to focus on her revolutionary and independent spirit? It’s not just that she eloped, but by marrying interdenominationally, she was completely cut off from her family and community. She knew George Washington because they attended the same church and lived in the same community. When her husband died, she returned to the Quakers, but from palling around with revolutionaries, she sympathized with the reasons behind the war and supported “the Fighting Quakers.” Holy anachronism!

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