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Francis Hopkinson

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson

Profession: Designer of the American Flag

United States of America

Biography: While popular imagination has led to Betsy Ross receiving credit as the designer of the American flag, it was in fact Hopkinson who designed it.

Hopkinson's Stars and Stripes design was adopted by the Continental Congress as the Flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.

Born: September 21, 1737
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvania, British America
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: May 9, 1791 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Sudden apoplectic seizure

Historical Events

  • 1777-06-14 US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand Union flag

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