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Today, Jan. 2, is Betsy Ross Day. She was born on Jan. 1, 1752, to a Quaker family in Philadelphia, the eighth of 17 children. She apprenticed as a seamstress, where she fell in love with an upholsterer named John Ross, son of an Episcopal rector and nephew of George Ross, who signed the Declaration of Independence. As Quakers forbade interdenominational marriage, John and Betsy eloped. They attended Christ’s Church, and their pew was next to George Washington’s. During the Revolution, John died when a munitions depot he was guarding blew up. Shortly after, Gen. Washington asked Betsy Ross to sew the American Flag.

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