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Betsy Ross

2023 Women’s History Month

Betsy Ross, a lifelong Philadelphian, and a Quaker was an upholsterer.

Ross worked on Arch Street when the Declaration of Independence signers George Washington, George Ross, Jr., and Robert Morris asked her to stitch a flag.

Her life was more than that single flag. Ross’ upholstery clients include Washington and Franklin.

She also stitched hundreds of flags for the United States government, including flags that flew in the War of 1812.

Ross’s flags were sent as gifts on official diplomatic relations with Native Americans.