25 Betsy Ross Quotes From The Famous American Flag Maker

History fans will enjoy these Betsy Ross quotes from the famous upholsterer of the American Flag.

Betsy Ross was born in the Colony of New Jersey in 1752 and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1836 at age 84.

Betsy Ross’ full name is Elizabeth Griscom Ross.

She was married three times, so her last name went from Ross to Ashburn to Claypoole.

She was an accomplished upholsterer, but what made her famous is the fact that many believe that she made the first official American Flag which is now referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.

The story is that George Washington and two congressional committee members visited Mrs. Ross in 1776.

She convinced them the five-pointed star would be easier and faster to cut than the six-pointed star.

Read these Betsy Ross quotes to learn more about the American Revolutionist.

Betsy Ross Quotes About the American Icon

Take a look at these quotes all about Betsy Ross.

1. “I am not certain if I can; At least I’ll gladly try.” — Betsy Ross

2. “I stand for peace, honor, truth, and justice. I stand for freedom.” — Howard Schnauber

3. “If I had the flag that Betsy Ross worked so hard on, I wouldn’t destroy it.” — Paul Provenza

4. “’Your country’s flag behold!’ and through his tear-dimmed eyes, he saw the stars and stripes unfold.” — Betsy Ross

5. “American history can be told and retold, claimed and reclaimed, even by people who don’t look like George Washington and Betsy Ross.” — Jeremy McCarter

6. “We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents.” — Texas vs. Johnson

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7. “A nation thrills, a nation bleeds, a nation follows where it leads, and every man is proud to yield his life upon a crimson field for Betsy’s battlefield.” — Minna Irving

8. “I like Betsy Ross as a model, too, the quilting bee, sitting around with your friends making art, asking what they think, so that you get the benefit of everyone’s opinions, and so it’s not just about you in your you-dom.” — Kiki Smith

9. “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.” — George Washington

10. “When I was growing up, I loved reading historical fiction, but too often it was about males; or, if it was about females, they were girls who were going to grow up to be famous like Betsy Ross, Clara Barton, or Harriet Tubman. No one ever wrote about plain, normal, everyday girls.” — Kathryn Lasky

Best Betsy Ross Quotes

Enjoy some of the best Betsy Ross quotes.

11. “I do not know, but I will try.” — Betsy Ross

12. “Our flags waving, never forget.” — Betsy Ross

13. “Our hearts aching, our prayers praying.” — Betsy Ross

14. “I can make a five-pointed star in one snip.” — Betsy Ross

15. “Today, the American knight holds the commercial supremacy of the world.” — Betsy Ross

16. “Stars on a field of blue; one for each colony; bars of red, for the blood of sacrifice; on a ground of white for love and peace.” — Betsy Ross

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17. “One time during the war, I had to use the restroom, so they forced me to use it in the bushes. They treated me like a man.” — Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross Quotes About The American Flag

Betsy Ross was the original designer of the American flag.

18. “Ev’ry heart beats true ’neath the Red, White, and Blue.” — George M. Cohan

19. “The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride, and history.” — Mike Fitzpatrick

20. “Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity.” — Adrian Cronauer

21. “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy

22. “I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty and freedom.” — John Thune

23. “This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation.” Woodrow Wilson

24. “Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant.” — Henry Ward Beecher

25. “The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice. It is fitting that the House act to protect it as we approach our nation’s birthday, and as our men and women in uniform rally behind it in Iraq’s battlefields.” — Joe Barton

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Betsy Ross’ Personal Life

Betsy was married to John Ross, who died after only a couple of years of marriage, she then married Mariner Joseph Ashburn, and they had two children together.

Ashburn was captured by the British Navy and died in prison.

Then Betsy married John Claypoole, and they had five daughters together.

Through all this, Betsy kept the upholstery business she and John Ross had started operating and flourishing.

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