The 19th century meatpacker Samuel Wilson inspired what well-known image we see to this day?
Samuel Wilson (September 13, 1766 – July 31, 1854) was a meat packer from Troy, New York whose name is purportedly the source of the personification of the United States known as “Uncle Sam”.
Uncle Sam (initials U.S.) is a common national personification of the American government or the United States in general that, according to legend, came into use during the War of 1812 and was supposedly named for Samuel Wilson. Its actual origin is obscure. Uncle Sam represents a manifestation of patriotic emotion.